Steve Jobs

Much has been written about Steve Jobs since his death last month.  Three things stand out: his sister’s eulogy, his Stanford commencement speech, and the Steve Jobs biography.

His sister’s eulogy was printed in the New York Times.  Intimate, full of love, and very moving.  Easy to see why she’s a college English professor.

This Youtube clip of Job’s 2005 Stanford Commencement speech has been viewed more than 6 million times.  It’s a great commencement speech — very inspiring, as it should be.  It’s so inspiring that I wondered how much help he got.  According to Jobs’ biographer (see below), Jobs initially asked a noted speechwriter to help with the speech, but then wrote the speech himself.  Jobs talks about death as a good thing, clearing out the old for the young.   When I first heard the speech, I didn’t know the severity of the cancer that eventually killed him, so I viewed his discussion of death as an abstract concept, and not the cancer he lived with every day.

There’s the authorized Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.  Jobs asked Isaacson to write his biography and placed no limits on who Isaacson could talk to or what he would write.  Jobs only asked to redesign the cover. The book is well-written and balanced, showing Jobs both as a product genius and a jerk.  Isaacson asked why Jobs wanted a biography; Jobs said he wanted his children to get to know him better through the biography.  The products Jobs helped develop is amazing, spanning Apple, NeXT, Pixar, and Apple.

I especially enjoyed the comparison of Jobs and Bill Gates.  They both were born in the same year (1955), dropped out of college, and founded notable technology companies.  Jobs tightly controlled products, hardware, and software; Gates fostered PC clones.  Jobs said that Microsoft copied the Apple user interface, while Gates said that Apple and Microsoft copied the Xerox user interface.  Jobs is intuitive; Gates is analytic.  Gates established a foundation to give away his money; Jobs kept his money invested in Apple and Disney.

Advertisements

Published by

charley280

I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

One thought on “Steve Jobs”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s