Steve Jobs changed the face of the world through technology and innovation that will live on for a great deal longer than his life time. He was an amazing man who knew what it took to rally the troops to make things happen.
Many called him abrasive, because he was, but only because his dream was so clear to him that he wasn't going to let anything or anyone get in the way of making it happen. Some called him driven, and he surely was... But above all, he was a world leader of a different sort.
He changed the face of the music industry by rallying all the artists together to agree to sell music one track at a time for .99 cents- and although many didn't see the value in this they did it anyway and found that they were able to recoup their piracy losses. He single handedly changed the format of the music industry and healed a declining industry with iTunes.
He turned a company like Pixar into a new way to make movies and now we have some amazing animated movies that wouldn't have been otherwise. He paid a mere 10 million dollars for the company (bought from Lucas films, it was previously used to build the star wars special effects), and sold it less than 10 years later to Disney for a whopping 7.2 billion dollars! (give or take a few million).
Apple at the time they fired him (well 10 years later) was starting to crash and flop- when he came back to them it superseded any dreams he or the company could have had. I worry that Apple may fall victim again to this fate but hope not... So far it looks good and Apple is still thriving (and working on the iPhone 5).
Below are some great Jobs moments, especially the speech he gave at Standford (I think it was). Very brilliant words from a brilliant thinker. The second video is a compilation of music using only sounds from Apple computers and Steve's own voice (from the speech in the first video). I scoured YouTube and found some of the coolest movies you may never have seen!
RIP Steve, you will be missed. My heart sank when I heard of his death- I was just about to get my first iPhone (waiting for version 5)... I just watched the special called iGenious on television last night- wow.
Enjoy the videos.