Celebrating Steve — The Tech Pioneer
Ten and still counting. Let us take a moment to pause and reflect.
The man who changed the world in so many ways.
Steve Jobs leaves a legacy like no other. It’s been a decade now but he certainly hasn’t been forgotten. Legends never die.
Apple wouldn't have been what it is today without Steve.
Apple’s website today showcases a “Celebrating Steve” video, featuring the famous moments from Steve Jobs’s life and career, plus a statement from his family. This is what the statement read
Tim Cook, who took over as the CEO of Apple, also posted the video on his Twitter account. He tweeted, “Hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Celebrating you today and always.”
You can also watch the film directly from here.
“Celebrating Steve” features Jobs in stills, video, and voiceover as it charts his life and includes both key thoughts of his famous moments. There’s also the unveiling of the original Mac, the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone.
His quotes were equally famous.
His most famous opening line at the keynote as he introduced the iPhone to the world will remain etched in the memory of many.
“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. ”
The iPhone certainly did change everything. Forever.
Steve wore many hats. One of them being a master storyteller.
His commencement speech at Stanford is one of my absolute favorites. It also happens to be the most-watched in history.
Jobs explained how the worst points in his life — dropping out of college, being ousted from Apple, and developing cancer — served as doorways to a higher level of creativity and understanding.
The famous “think different” campaign was anchored by the memorable “Crazy Ones” spot which celebrates some of the world’s time-honored visionaries like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Gandhi, Pablo Picasso, and a dozen more.
The campaign was so successful that it rejuvenated Apple and ushered in a new age, turning personal computing into a catalyzing metaphor for rebellion, individuality, and change.
The exact text reads
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
To me, Steve was a humanitarian, and his passion to make technology products to be simple and usable was legendary.
He truly personified the “think different” philosophy. The 20th century had a crucial moment in technology, brilliance, passion, and life.
That moment was Steve Jobs. Here’s to celebrating his tenth.
A genius. A visionary. A pioneer. An absolute legend.
Thank you, Steve!