Something I wrote on 7 October 2011…
The Apple King died.
He affected all our lives.
End of an era.
Yesterday’s new that Steve Jobs has died did not hit me with great surprise or emotion. After all, he was very ill for nearly a decade, visibly so for the last 5-7 years. The outpouring of conspicuous grief on all social networks has been overwhelming.
Now I’ve had time to reflect, I can see how and why people have behaved this way. He pioneered the personal computing industry, fell foul of a boardroom coup, watching his brainchild fall into the gutter, came back to rescue it and turned it into one of the most successful companies on the planet – and in history. Regardless of what you thought of him, Steve Jobs was a pioneer, industrialist and designer that affected the lives of billions: there are people around the world who don’t have running water but own an iPod or iPhone.
It can be said without exaggeration or hyperbole that his passing leaves behind a handful of pioneers who are household names that have fundamentally changed the course of history.