As a high school junior in 1985, my family purchased our first computer, a Macintosh. Little did I know at that time that twenty-six years later, I’d be writing a blog (heck the word didn’t exist yet) about the Mac and the founder of the company that introduced it, Apple. Since that time, Steve Jobs personally has had a hand in revolutionizing the world of technology as well as at least five different industries:
- computers - Apple II (1977) & Mac (1984) personal computers, Mouse (1984) , iPad (2010)
- phone – iPhone (2007)
- music – iPod (2001)
- retail – iTunes Store (2001), Apple’s App Store (2008)
- motion pictures – Pixar (1979, purchased by Steve Jobs in 1986)
Steve Jobs was a visionary and one of America’s true innovators. And whether or not you feel he should be mentioned in the same class as Thomas Edison or alongside great American entrepreneurs like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, or Walt Disney, it is clear he had a huge impact on our culture and our world. I know he had a significant impact on my life.
In the past decade or so, my own family has grown up on Apple products that have been favorites on Christmas morning. But it is still fun to think back to my first Apple purchase. I don’t remember a lot about that first product, but I do remember using that Mac to create fake IDs with my brothers and our friends. We were shocked by how easy it was. Thanks Steve.
In Tribute to Steve Jobs:
"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."
- Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement