A little late and completely missed this last month, but a great look at the ceremony held at Apple headquarters shortly after Steve’s death.
0:00 Tim Cook
11:15 The Crazy Ones
14:45 Bill Campbell
23:27 Norah Jones
34:27 Al Gore
48:10 Jony Ive
57:16 Coldplay – Yellow
1:02:28 Coldplay – Viva la vida
1:07:38 Coldplay? – Fix you
1:13:26 Coldplay – Every teardrop is a waterfall
1:18:00 Tim Cook
I especially liked Al Gore’s tribute as well as Jony Ive’s speech.
“As an Apple board member, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore spent a lot of time with company co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month. During an interview at AsiaD today, Gore reflected on Jobs’s legacy and Apple’s future without him.”
Take a look at the video and the great blog post at AllThingsD.
I picked up Steve Jobs’ biography today and was not really sure what to make of it at first glance. Written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson (who also wrote biography’s on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein), this book covers pretty much everything in Steve’s live. Walter Isaacson is also the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.
I did have a few questions running through my head before I decided to pick this one up though. How can someone summarise the life of a man who was very closed off and secretive and who kept his cards very close to his chest? How do you write a biography about a man who never told anyone anything about his private life?
Well…the answers as I quickly found are given very quickly in the first few pages of the book. The prologue to the book actually goes into pretty great detail about how the book came to be and how Steve insisted Walter write a biography about him time and time again, unbeknownst to Walter of the health issues that plagued the last few years of Steve’s life.
The first few lines on the inside of the book jacket read:
Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues – this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.
I’ve been quite interested in biographies of interesting people for a while and pick up new ones and read them when I can, but so far this one as really got me hooked and one of those that’s difficult to put down. I’m not a huge Apple fanboy by any means. I don’t have all the latest Apple products and I won’t kill myself to get in line when they come out, but if you’re interested in the technology industry and want an inside peek into what life was like for one of the great pioneers of the business you really should check this one out.
Steve Jobs, 56, died peacefully this morning at his home in California surrounded by family and friends. Although the man has died, the Jobs legacy will live on in his products for years to come.
I am most definitely not an ‘Apple Fanboy’ by any account but I appreciate the work he has done for the industry and also the world. The technology landscape would look quite different today if it weren’t for Steve’s vision and passion for computers and technology. Some are now asking how Apple will fare in the coming years without a leader such as Steve. I personally think they’ll be fine.
Steve named Tim Cook as new CEO in late August of this year as part of a well documented succession plan at Apple and Tim is a highly capable individual who I’m sure will do a great job as CEO. Tim Cook was chief of operations at Apple before being named CEO and has been with apple for 14 years now so he already has a good knowledge of the company, and in fact he took over as interim CEO while Steve was away ill in 2010. However, What will happen when Apple’s current product pipeline dries up? Where will the new ideas for products come from? So many ideas came from Steve so will be interesting to see where the new ideas come from and what they might be. Steve left Apple in the best shape it’s ever been in and for a company that hinges itself on ideas and innovation to loose its innovative leader, Apple should be able to weather this storm better than most.
Rest in peace Steve Jobs, you were truly a guiding light. You set out to change the world when you started Apple, and…I think you succeeded.