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Steve Jobs, the CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. died on October 5, 2011 at the age of fifty-six. A revolutionary innovator and entrepreneur, Steve had been battling cancer for eight years before his death. Steve died at his California residence surrounded by family.

Steve the Innovator

Steve Jobs is counted among the leading visionaries and innovators of the century. He revolutionized computer technology, music and movies and communications with his inventions. He launched the Macintosh in 1984. The iMac, one of Steve’s earliest innovations in 1998 ushered in the personal computer revolution. The iMac was the fastest selling computer in the USA.




In October 2001 Steve launched one of the biggest innovations in the world of music – the iPod. A portable music player that could store hitherto unimaginable quantities of music, the iPod was a revolution designed to fit in a pocket. His constant quest for improvisation and innovation constantly led him to question what people wanted. He then added his own indelible touch of technology magic and delivered a product that would stir up a rage. In 2005, Steve launched the smaller version of the iPod – the Nano.

In 2007, Steve once again launched a product that would change the way the world communicated – the iPhone, one device that combined the best of a phone, an iPod and an internet communicator. The iPhone was systematically improved and upgraded. The iPhone 4 was introduced in 2010. By 2010, Steve had earned a reputation for delivering more than what users wanted. He then introduced the iPad tablet, a device so ahead of its times, it had no demand till it was launched. The iPad provided the best browsing experience Internet thus far. In the March of 2011, Steve returned from his medical leave to unveil the iPad 2.

His track record for delivering inventions, unimaginable before their launch and indispensable after, made many liken Steve's to Leonardo da Vinci.

Steve the Entrepreneur

"I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents' garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees." - Steve Jobs

Apple Inc, the largest publicly traded company of the world, with over 60,400 employees was set up by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976. By 1985 Apple Inc had grown to be a 4,000+ strong organization. In the power struggle that had developed between Steve and the CEO John Sculley, the Apple board of directors had sided with Sculley. Steve resigned from Apple and started NeXT Inc.

In 1979 Steve co-founded Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar created the world’s first animated feature film using revolutionary computer technology – Toy Story. With over twenty-six Academy Awards and a number of Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, Pixar is one of the best-known animation studios of the world. In 2006, the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar at US $7.4 billion and Steve became Disney’s largest shareholder.

In 1996, Apple bought NeXT for US $429 million. Steve returned to Apple and became the CEO in 1997, a position he held till his abdication in 2011. Steve held the reputation of being a persuasive salesman and an enterprising visionary. He is counted among the leading entrepreneurs of the century.

Steve the Motivator

Steve Jobs, besides being an inspired innovator and an imaginative entrepreneur, was a gifted motivator. His keynote address at the Stanford University's 114th Commencement was delivered in June 2005. It has since inspired millions of students and entrepreneurs. Popularly called 'Three Stories of My Life', the speech has been viewed millions of times on YouTube. Steve never lost an opportunity to urge other to pursue their dearest ambitions and dreams.

Steve the Warrior

Steve's battle against cancer, like every other battle in his life, was a long and brave one. In October 2003, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. After having tried alternative therapies for a while, he was operated upon in July 2004. Despite his health concerns Steve was actively involved with Apple Inc. and actively led the Worldwide Developers Conference of 2006 and 2008. While the rest of the world was abuzz with rumors related to his failing health, Steve oversaw the development and launch of all major Apple products including the iPhone, the iPod, and iPad. Steve underwent a liver transplant surgery in April 2009 and promptly returned to work as the CEO of Apple. In January 2011, though, he went on an indefinite leave of absence to manage his heath. Despite the leave, Steve attended the launch of the iPad 2 in March 2011 and the Worldwide Developers Conference of 2011. In August 2011, Steve resigned as the CEO of Apple. Tim Cook who had overseen operations in Steve’s absence took over. On October 5, 2011, Steve died at his home in California with his family by his side.

Remembering Steve

News of Steve’s death was announced on the Apple website with only a photograph of the co-founder and the words 'Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011'. The CEO, Tim Cook in his message said that Apple had lost a creative genius and a visionary. Long time rivals Paul Allen and Bill Gates grieved his death in their statements. Entrepreneurs, technologists, and millions of Apple users across the world mourned Steve’s passing.

The President of USA, Barack Obama said "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it." In 2012, Steve Jobs will be honored at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards for his outstanding contribution to the world of music.

 

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