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Steve Jobs, a Genius in Thought Leadership and Creative Product Visionary

06 October 2011 2 comments

4 minutes





One of the greatest technology leaders that ever lived and probably ever walk this earth. RIP Steve Jobs, Apple Chairman and former CEO ( Applause ;-D *)

Hewlett Packard –> Atari –> Apple –> Next –> Pixar –> Next –> Apple


Quotes From Commencement Speech at Reed College


“Sorry to be so dramatic: but your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking

“Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

“Be insanely great.”


How Steve Influenced My University Days


It was now a time ago, in the late 1980’s when I attended London South Bank University. Whilst reading my the later half of my Science Computing degree, I wrote many assignments on an expensive colour Apple Macintosh IIgs computer in the, then, very dignified department only, computer lab. Especially, I loved the black and white user interface of Macintosh. It was a light years ahead of the MS DOS based IBM PC compatibles of the time. The tool of choice was WordPerfect, a proper word processing application. In those heady days, Apple Mac computers were prone to viruses and infections, and hackers even then, which meant that the administrative department gave out special 3.5 disks with a Disinfectant program.

The experience of the earlier Mac user interface, Windows Icon Mouse Pointer, borrowed from the seminal research of Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, lead to my early interest in user interface programming. If Steve Jobs had not gone for perfection, pushing his knowledge of art design, calligraphy, his philosophy, I never would have viewed this technology at university. The first impressions of a beautiful user interface, graphically proportioned and in colour for the day, left me great thoughts about a career in programming graphics and software development.

Those first impressions of quality business application with graphic user interface were not lost on me.  It lead to a job programming years later in the 1990s, on SunOS 4.1 workstations and X Windows / OSF Motif programming. Although, I never got to develop HyperCard applications ( I had no interest in that technology and there was too much work to be done on other bachelor degree assignments), the inspiration of the user interface, the slickness of the user experience left me wanting more. I took some of these inspirations also to Borland Turbo Pascal programming on MS DOS as part of the final project of my degree.  

About the time of my finals, I think in 1989 or 1990, I read two biographies one was about Bill Gates and other was about Steve Jobs. I borrowed both books from the South Bank University library. I am very sure that the latter was called The Journey is the Reward, which was published in 1987 and written by Jeffrey S. Young. It was a fascinating read and really engrossing story of Steve Jobs’ earlier career. I remember the chapter called Lobotomy, where he was ousted from the computer company that he had co-founded in 1976. On the day that he was chucked out, I think Wozniak and some other staff members were worried about his state of health and mental stability, and they cared enough. They made sure that he was ok. Steve Jobs lived quite frugally, in fact, walked bare feet in his earlier life, and lived on his own, in a big house in the valley. They need not have worried, because Steve Jobs, was never ever going to top himself. He dusted his self off, over a couple of months, and then founded NeXT computers, and helped John Lasseter create Pixar Animations.

Reading that the story of never-say-die in 1989/1990, being adventurous, being a hippie, and traveling to India, and then watching and reading to his commencement speech at Reed College in 2005, yesterday, I definitely felt touched, and inspired today and back then.  Especially right now, today, as I reflect on the “down” periods of my life. It made me say, “So bloody what! If these other people do not understand me now. It is more important that I understand myself.” That was the core message that should never be buried, lost in the ether, a lost signal in random white noise, or be enveloped by other people’s agendas. Steve Job’s core message deserves be sticky.

Stay true to your own goals, because you only have one life. Ever. And it is a precious one. One.




New story UK on the BBC Link

*In Italian Football, at sports ground, traditionally the fans clap instead of stay silent in order to show a mark of respect. I like this.

Watch the CNN tribute to Steve Jobs on YouTube

Business Insider published 13 most memorable quotes from Steve Jobs

The iPhone Dev Team [a group of international socially responsible hackers] who unlocked and jail broke the firmware for iPhone in various generations 1G,3G,3GS put a simple tribute on their blog

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