Sad, sad news. It came too soon – as it usually does. He inspired, he innovated and he created. A marketing genius, Steve will be truly missed.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. [link]
Update: Just read this excellent and RATIONAL obit on Reuters by Jack Shafer:
What Jobs understood was that there was and is room in the computer market for a prettier or marginally better product—packed tightly in a very fashionable box—that could be sold at a premium price if he marketed them as “Veblen goods,” luxury products that convey status upon their purchasers. [link]
Another Update: This one by John Cassidy of the New Yorker:
Unlike Thomas Edison, to whom he has been compared, Jobs wasn’t really an inventor. In fact, by the standards of Silicon Valley, he wasn’t really a techie at all all. As John Markoff of the Times noted in his careful obituary: “Mr. Wozniak would be the technical half and Mr. Jobs the marketing half of the original Apple.” During the creation of the iPod, his main role, according to a 2006 article by Wired’s Leander Kahney, was in encouraging Jon Rubinstein, the former head of Apple’s hardware division, and Tony Fadell, an Apple engineer, to build something better than the Nomad. [link]