It is not everyday that you wake up to hear that world met a huge loss, the most admired CEO in the world is no more. When you think of Apple, there is only ONE Steve that you think about-Steve Jobs (officially- Steven Paul Jobs). This one-man army, as we know it has changed the technological world. Such great has been the impact of this one human being that he has truly done as he asks people to do; he has created a dent in the universe.
If someone were to ask what comes to your mind when you think of the company Apple, pop would come the answer- iPad, iPod, iPhone, Mac, Notebook & many more. Most people don’t know that this billion-dollar giant was just another garage startup a few decades ago. But what it has become today has largely been due to Jobs, not to discount Wozniak’s contribution.
Octane dedicates this blog post to pay homage to possibly the greatest techie of our generation. Such is his impact that he leaves a legacy, which is very difficult to live up to for any of his successors. In spite of the numerous blogs already written about Steve, no amount of words can do justice, but here is our humble attempt at paying our due respect to the iCon himself.
Steve Jobs was an orphan and his mother had only one wish, for him to go to college and receive the education that she could never get. He did go to college but to stay in college and graduate he didn’t. Yes, Steve is the quintessential example of the college dropout who became a billionaire. But his path to success was never going to be easy. Without going into a lot of historical facts, I would like to highlight a few traits of Jobs that made him the most admired CEO in the world and for good reason.
Here was a teenager who was building one of the first few personal computers the world would use, in his garage. To top that, he was sure that the Graphical User Interface (GUI) was going to be a game changer for the computer industry, which it undoubtedly was.
Here’s The man who inspired Steve Jobs-
(courtesy : articles.businessinsider.com)
A genius’s idol could be none other than another genius, Edwin Land of Polaroid is another man who blended art and science to produce extraordinary products. Steve Jobs idolized Edwin Land, and it’s clear he learned a lot from him.
Like Jobs, Land dropped out of college. Like Jobs, Land obsessed about function and form. Like Jobs, Land scoffed at the idea of "market research." (Both men believed that consumers don’t know what they want until they see it.)
Like Jobs, Land built a beloved company that was (for a while) the toast of Wall Street and Main Street alike. Like Jobs, Land rolled out his products in gigantic presentations.
Also like Jobs, Land was tossed out of his company, which then fell on hard times. But unlike Jobs, Land died before he could be brought back to save it.
Like Jobs, Land created products that were "coveted luxury objects." (See the SX-70 from the 1970s below).
More about Sir Steve Jobs :
Only a company like Apple can sell you a very expensive smartphone without a camera (yet so confident- if you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have an iPhone) and make you wait for days like an idiot in the freezing New York winter to grab the first one. Most of the Apple products, when they are launched, on purpose omit certain key features. But if you wait-for-it for a year, the next version shall be out, which will make you, go out and buy that one too. There is no doubt that that Apple has a very strong following of loyalists, which in fact may be one of the strongest followings for any brand in the world.
Steve Jobs is the FACE of Apple. He really doesn’t need a brand ambassador because he is the brand himself. If Steve was unsure of showing up at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), the entire tech world goes into a frizzy. And if he happens to be unwell, there were rumors about his death doing the rounds and the share price takes a dip.
Steve Jobs has the Midas touch. Every industry Apple has touched has in fact turned into gold. Be it the music industry with the iPod and iTunes, the smartphone industry with the iPhone, the tablet industry with the iPad, Jobs has the uncanny ability to move mountains.
- Learn from other’s mistakes-
Before starting out iTunes, Steve saw Napster rise and fall and built on its fundamental mistake, not letting the record labels make money. He wasn’t the first to come up with an online music store, was he? He saw how the tablet industry never took off for so long and turned it on its head with the iPad.
- Make people WANT your product; not NEED it-
If we look at most Apple products, you want them for what they are; you may not necessarily need them. Your old MP3 may have worked just fine, but you might have still gone and bought yourself an iPod. Similar might be the case with the iPad and the MacBook. They are redundant, expensive gadgets but you want them because they carry with them a lot of snob value.
It’s never really been about how much RAM the MacBook Air has, or memory capacity. It’s always been about its sleek and stunning looks. This holds true for almost all Apple products. The iPhone may look like a brick, but Jobs knows how to make even a brick look amazingly cool to hold.
Steve Jobs has been fiercely competitive. The Mac OS may have played second fiddle to Windows for long, but now its time for a role reversal. Proof of that is that Windows is on a decline, Mac OS is on the rise, Apple has overtaken Microsoft in terms of market capitalization and also has more cash than even the US government. Also, right after Google bought Motorola Mobility, Apple has decided to not offer certain Google apps on its OS.
So all said and done, Steve Jobs will be leaving behind a legacy that his successor will find very hard to match up to. He has gone for good and it would be interesting to see the direction Apple heads in without the iCon himself. Some admired him, some hated him, but lets face it, one just couldn’t ignore him.
To end, I’d like to quote a few lines from a famous Apple ad:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”.
Technology is all about innovations, this one man has done exactly that, he has changed the world. We at Octane believe that the world has lost an entrepreneur and a visionary, RIP Sir Steve Jobs.