Wednesday was a tragic, strange day in Cupertino, CA. Early that morning, a disgruntled employee went on a rampage at a quarry. 3 people were killed, 7 injured. He fled the scene, sparking a manhunt and some school closures. A lot of us in the Bay Area followed that story throughout the day. Then Apple, headquarted in Cupertino, shocked us (and the world) by the announcement of the passing of Steve Jobs. There was a lot of activity in the Silicon Valley suburb.
Things are settling down now. The alleged gunman was shot and killed by police today, and Jobs’ death has left the mood in the Valley very somber. At Apple headquarters, people have turned it into a makeshift shrine, candles and flowers are everywhere. At the Apple Store in San Francisco, hundreds of sticky notes were posted on the windows and doors that night expressing admiration and respect for the Silicon Valley legend.
There is a lot to admire and respect. I’m typing this is in bed on my laptop. This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Steve Jobs convincing skeptical venture capitalists that people would want home computers. And we did. Even in the 80s, I remember typing away on our Apple IIe. We’ve come a long way since then. And so many things we use on the computer we owe to Steve Jobs – like the mouse. We don’t even think twice about it and go about pointing and clicking. That was his vision.
Steve Jobs was not just a visionary. It’s one thing to see something. It’s quite another to possess the skills to make that vision a reality. That combination was a very special gift that he shared with the world. Our life today would be very different without it. His influence is indelible.
Thank you, and Godspeed, Steve Jobs.