A few Steve Jobs story from last night that I thought would be nice to re-share, as we celebrate the life of this tech visionary. The more I thought about it the more incredible it becomes – if you think about it, there hasn’t been that many tech visionaries that has impacted our world as much as Jobs’ generation has. Jobs, Gates, and all those awesome tech guys we hear about made the world that we live in. In some way, this signals the beginning of the end of the era, at least for me.
- Took a cab home last night (which triggered this post). The driver was a mess – moment I got in he told me “I don’t know why I’m even here, I feel like I should go home”. I asked why, he asked if I knew Jobs passed away (this was an hour after the news broke), and started talking about how much Apple means to him and how much Steve Jobs mean to him. It’s amazing how much he’s touched people with his vision/company/products.
- Think what you want about Steve Jobs – but what other CEO could you think of that can generate reactions around the world like these? I’m not even an Apple fan and I’m in shock and now thinking of getting a Mac? The Steve Jobs biography shot up 37,400% since last night on Amazon’s list, people are laying flowers at Apple Stores, every news channel is covering Steve Jobs’ accomplishments, all sorts of people are coming out and talking about Steve Jobs – people talk about the “Cult of Mac” – check out what’s happening right now. There was a study done earlier this year that concluded that when Apple fans talk about Apple, it triggers an “religious experience” – I can only imagine what it feels like right now being an Apple fan. Guy Kawasaki once mentioned that when he first saw a Mac product it’s as if the cloud parted and the angels started singing, I guess that’s how a lot of people is felt.
- Saw last night the Google home page now has a link to Apple.com. Well done Google, that was a classy move. YouTube today also has a side panel dedicated to Steve Jobs. Here are the “must see” Steve Jobs YouTube videos, at least for me: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, and the AllThingsD interview from a few years back, with both Jobs and Gates (it’s one of my favorite interviews). Part 1 here, Part 2 here.
- Robert Scoble had a nice post last night on what probably went on in Apple before the product launch, check it out here. If Apple really know that Steve Jobs was dying the week before the announcement (and I suspect they did), it really put the announcement in perspective. Good article, go take a read.