I just finished putting my daughter to bed tonight and I come down to my office and I see the news. Â “Steve Jobs has passed away at 56.” Â I have never felt so sad about someone passing away that I only met a couple of times. Â His impact on my life goes well beyond the 30 minutes or so we spent in a conference room.
Everyday I put an iPhone in my pocket, and use my Mac to organize family photos, and my MacBookPro for work. Â The first Apple hardware I ever used was in 1st Grade, in 1985. Â I don’t remember much about it, but I know I enjoyed my time on the computer. Â It probably even captured my attention enough to want to write software 14 years at AOL.
It was at AOL, that I would get a change to work closely with Apple and get the chance to initially see him, and then eventually meet him. Â I was always impressed that you could find Steve walking around campus, in the Mac Cafe eating lunch with the troops, etc. Â My first encounter with Steve was during a visit in 2006. Â I was riding in a car with a colleague who will remain unnamed, and as we were pulling out of the visitor lot in front of 1 Infinite Loop, we nearly ran over Steve Jobs. Â We were all so stunned we just looked at each other.
Later in my career at AOL, I got to meet Steve and I after I got over my nervous excitement, he was one of the most genuinely passionate persons about Apple products and technology.
Steve’s legacy goes beyond the physical technologies we all use. Â His commencement speech at Stanford University, the movies from Pixar, and the huge influence he has had over leaders in the tech community today. Â The world today is a lesser place with his departure, my condolences go out to Steve’s family, friends and my friends at Apple. Â Thanks for everything Steve.