Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

Like everyone else, I was extremely saddened by the news that the legendary Steve Jobs had passed away at the age of 56. Unless you live in a cave or the middle of the jungle this man affected and likely improved your life in some way. I’ve seen him compared to Einstein and Edison and honestly I don’t think putting him in that company is far fetched. If you need further proof of his genius check this excellent visual piece the NY Times did on the evolution of his various patents. Their ten page obituary is also worth taking the time out to read. The saddest part about the passing of someone as visionary as Jobs is that you simply can’t replace him. There is now just a gap, a blank space where his genius used to be. My Twitter timeline was flooded with reactions to his death that swept across every walk of life, every medium, all different parts of the world. That’s how big his influence was. Techland compiled reactions from many of those most directly affected by his passing including a statement from President Obama that included this great, final insight: “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” You can watch his incredibly inspiring and oft-quoted 2005 Stanford commencement speech here (take a look at the top comment which is great by itself). It’s an understatement to say he’ll be missed.

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