Apple’s main page. Rest in Peace. You not only changed the world, you improved the world for millions. Remarkable.
Steve Jobs was the one-man Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein of our times. He not only innovated personal computing, but personal media and telephony, and in his spare time retail.
The Personal computer. The mouse.
Macintosh. iMac. iPhone. iPod Touch. iPod Nano. iPad. And then there were his retail stores, which are works of beauty in and of themselves. iTunes, the largest retailer of music and video product.
That’s just a partial list of his innovations, but it’s hard to conceive of any one person driving this kind of world changing stuff.
In the end he left behind the world’s most valuable company, valued at $350 Billion.
Update: Kevin Williamson over at National Review has a great piece on the contribution that Steve Jobs and how the entrepreneurial capitalist sytem creates a better life and a higher standard of living for a nation and the world.
I was down at the Occupy Wall Street protest today, and never has the divide between the iPhone world and the politics world been so clear: I saw a bunch of people very well-served by their computers and telephones (very often Apple products) but undeniably shortchanged by our government-run cartel education system. And the tragedy for them — and for us — is that they will spend their energy trying to expand the sphere of the ineffective, hidebound, rent-seeking, unproductive political world, giving the Barney Franks and Tom DeLays an even stronger whip hand over the Steve Jobses and Henry Fords. And they — and we — will be poorer for it.
And to the kids camped out down on Wall Street: Look at the phone in your hand. Look at the rat-infested subway. Visit the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, then visit a housing project in the South Bronx. Which world do you want to live in?