Celebrating a true visionary of our generation.

By Ryan Clancy

It is a difficult thought to think of who will be the faces of a generation. Yesterday, AppleCo-founder Steve Jobs passed away after his 7 year battle with cancer. Jobs will best be known for giving us simple sleek sophisticated technology and an outstanding view on life.“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Jobs said in his 2005 Commencement address(which I highly recommend reading) to graduating Stanford students.In 2004, Jobs, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which would eventually would spread to his liver leading to a liver transplant in 2009. Apple users and fans would notice his deteriorating health in his famous product unveiling’s. Especially at his last unveiling of the iPad 2, where it was clear he was losing weight. Then on October 5th, Jobs’ family made a public statement of his death:

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. …We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

Steve gained young fame and wealth after a few years of starting Apple when he and his co-founder Steve Wozniak and others released the Apple II series, which they personally designed, developed and marketed. The company was growing and bigger names in business were needed. Jobs would bring in John Sculley from Pepsi-Cola, who eventually led to Jobs firing in May of 1985. Due to Jobs motivation he went on to start NexT, a higher education and business computer, but it was much to expensive at the price of $6,000. He also bought a small computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd. and renamed it Pixar. He then put upwards of $70 million of his own money into the company. Then in 1995 Toy Story was released. Pixar was on the map and Jobs became the highest shareholder for Disney with 7%.

Though Apple continued on without Jobs, it was falling in profit. Thus leading to Apple buying NexT, which included Steve Jobs. They then put him back in charge where his main goal obviously was to bring the company back up to its feet. NexT eventually was became Mac OS X and the company gained momentum from the introduction of iMac. Soon to follow the iPod, iTunes store, iPhone and all other products that we enjoy today.

Jobs has been a major contributor to how the world is evolving, especially in terms of communication and how we connect. The thing to be seen here is that a lot of people learned of his passing on social networks such as Twitter. This showing how truly respected and admired he was by the world.

I think President Obama has said it best, “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 the devices he invented.”

Steve Jobs achievements are something to admire and look to for inspiration.

“Stay hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Ryan Clancy is professionally awesome and you can follow him on Twitter here.


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