Steve Jobs was a genius, and he was very enthusiastic about his projects. When he swung, he swung for the fences, or struck out.
A man who had a vision, it took him a while to figure out what the public wanted. After leaving Apple, the technology he founded, he did two great things:
- He bought Pixar from George Lucas, and invested $5 million in it, and he stuck with it, despite it losing millions of dollars before it began to make any money. Eventually forging a tenuous business relationship with Disney, Pixar became worth billions when it was bought by Disney, making Steve Jobs a new member of the Disney Board of Directors
- He founded NeXT, which was a small success for the next decade until it was bought by Apple, at which point he returned to its board, then the next year in 1999 as its CEO. NeXT produced what evolved into the operating system used on Macs, iPhones, iPods, and iPads used today, and it was Jobs’ baby.
Steve Jobs took Apple and brought it to unprecedented heights against Microsoft, something thought near impossible ten years ago. His impact is undeniable, and for millions of people he has had a positive impact, illuminating the possibilities of technology and how it could improve daily life.
Farewell Mr. Jobs. You will be missed.