Tonight, a brave, bold, daring, visionary man died and there is a gaping hole in our world that cannot be filled.
No matter what has been said about Steve Jobs throughout the years, I think that no one can dispute that he served in a way that had customers following him with a commitment and fervor that is enviable.
The products that he and his teams created and sold were beyond what any focus group or market research study could ever articulate. Today, I have a smartphone that is essentially a telephone, camera, video cam, and handheld computer all in one device, and it’s light, reliable, and fast.
If you were in a focus group in the 1980s, and the moderator asked you what tools you needed to make your life simpler, better, faster, and more mobile, would you have said a hand-held smartphone? Not even close.
So I raise my proverbial glass tonight, to Steve Jobs. The man who originally partnered with Bill Gates, the man who rose and fell and rose again. The man who gave us incredibly well designed products and services. And the man who saw beyond today, into tomorrow, and made it all come true.
Steve, you changed the world by helping us become more connected, more mobile, better informed, and very well entertained.
We are ALL better for the service you gave us.