“The best way to predict the future is to invent it”
Exactly one year ago a great Innovator of our times, Steve Jobs, moved on from life and his inventions are still governing our future. I wrote a small blog post about The Legend a year back and I still say that though I have never met Steve Jobs or heard him in person, but the news of his passing away did leave a void in my life & the lives of countless people who were touched by his creations and today are part of the Apple family in their own small way.
Steve Jobs was an Innovator, Inventor and still is an inspiration to first generation entrepreneurs like me. For him technology alone was not the answer, he believed that it was when technology is merged with liberal arts that great products are created. In the last one year when I have followed his life pattern and re-read his biography (twice) did I realize that even though he created perfect products his life was full of ups & downs and far from perfect. He followed his instincts and never changed himself irrespective of what his competitors, customers or even the whole world thought. Jobs was a control freak, for the better, and Apple was a by-product of his eccentricities. The lesser known fact is that after being ousted from Apple in 1984, he made the company bounce back to the “most loved technology company of the world” after his return in 1997. In the interim he went on to create another valuable animation company called Pixar, which we better know for films like Cars, Brave, Up and many more animated movies.
His obsession with “zen-like” design and heated discussions with his design team & management were quite well known in closed quarters of Apple. The employees and associates of Apple were well aware of his “Reality Distortion Field” which Jobs created whenever he was passionate about something (which generally was the always the case). There is an interesting anecdote during his last years, when he was in the hospital for treatment. “His doctor was going to perform a procedure which required administration of anesthesia. On the operation table just before anesthesia was administered to him, Jobs expressed his displeasure at the design of the mouth piece. The doctor was pleasantly surprised when Jobs actually sketched out 5 design options for the mouth piece.” Of course he was administered it with the existing mouth piece but this episode does highlight the importance of design and about the great minds who have altered its course. Due to this design obsession we got path-breaking products like the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and more recently the iPad.
An Inventor, Entrepreneur, Innovator and above all an Inspiration … I miss you Steve Jobs … you inspire me to still “think different”