“To me he is of his era what Thomas Edison was to the beginning of the 20th century,” said Roger McNamee, a man that worked with Jobs.
Jobs began his career in his garage in Cupertino, California, back in 1976. There, he co-founded Apple Computer with his partner, Steve Wozniak. Together, they produced the Apple II the very next year, and when IBM released its own personal computer, they countered with the Mac.
As Jobs put it, “What made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
Now, he wasn't a perfect man. In 1985, he was fired by a boardroom of employees, led by the man Jobs had hired to be CEO of Apple, John Sculley. That didn't keep him down for long, since shortly after that, Jobs bought a small division of Lucas film and gave it the name Pixar.
After a few years, Apple's board invited Jobs back to lead the company. From there, the boom of Apple products we know and love came around.
Thanks to Steve Jobs, animated movies got a head start. Thanks to Steve Jobs, portable music players were sold globally in the tens of millions. Thanks to Steve Jobs, computer technology advanced rapidly, and the path has been blazed to continue its expansion. We have so many more things to thank him for inventing; things we may not even realize he had a hand in developing.
And so I say:
Thank you Steve Jobs. You have worked hard in your life, and the world is now a brighter place because of that effort. Such entertainment can be created through your inventions, and it is that entertainment that keeps many people going. Thank you, Steve Jobs. You will be missed.