Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
I love that the (second) most widely mourned death in recent years was one of an actually accomplished human being. Not a useless celebrity or media personality, but a person who actually had a real, welcome, organic presence in our lives though the products that his company developed. Steve Jobs catapulted Apple into the personal computing marketplace and then transformed it into the most innovative technology company we have today – and it wasn’t luck. He had an intuition that is hard to come by and an understanding of a market that no amount of research can establish. I’m honored to be typing this on a Macbook Pro. Apple was lucky to have him, and so were we.