There are many, many tributes being shared over the Web these past 12 hours or so and I’d hate to just add to it, considering I am not among those who think Apple can do no wrong, or that Steve Jobs alone saved Apple. But I need to mark it here because his work affected all of us in so many dimensions. From his realization that the liberal arts played as much a role in technology as engineering, from his personal story of perseverance and his capacity to create his own 2nd acts, each one built on lessons from his past, to his push to create tools that… well… he’s going to be remembered for Apple, for NeXT, for Pixar, what they made, and folks will say he was a genius.
Me? I’m going to remember that he helped empower people to dream and create.
People compare Steve Jobs to his peers, but I think of him like Jim Henson, someone who was driven to make, to help others make, who brought teams together and found ways to instill it in them. Tools to help you to make, and to share what you make. To dream, and to share what you dream.
Thank you Steve Jobs and for the teams he was part of.
Steven Levy: Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011
Metafilter: Steven Jobs, RIP
Wall Street Journal: Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes
And 15 minutes to take that will, I hope, inspire you: