In memoriam: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
— Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement address, 2005

Steve Jobs


Thank you, Steve:


“Now that he’s gone, I’m left feeling empty.
Never again will he walk out on stage.
He saw things we didn’t. He saw things clearly.
A prophet of technology has just passed away.”
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The crazy one

Apple has posted a video of its October 19th celebration of Steve Jobs’ life, featuring moving and revealing reminiscences by Tim Cook, Bill Campbell, Al Gore, and Jony Ive (don’t miss!), and musical performances by Norah Jones and Coldplay. Watch the complete special event (1 hr 21 mins), filmed live at the Apple campus in Cupertino, here.

I preordered Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography from Amazon and also from the iBookstore. Update – consider this highly critical review by John Siracusa. John Gruber endorses Siracusa’s comments, saying: “I went into this podcast knowing that I thought the book was flawed, knowing that Siracusa did too, and expecting to be nodding my head in agreement with him throughout the show. But it’s worse than that. Isaacson blew it, a one-time opportunity forever squandered. Jobs picked the wrong guy.” Gruber elaborates here. Isaacson’s book is what you would expect from People magazine, not from a prize-winning biographer.

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4 Responses to In memoriam: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

  1. Laura says:

    That final quote is a biggie. His commencement address that year to Stanford was incredible, wasn’t it? Wow.

  2. Michael says:

    It did not surprise me to find this post on your site. Yesterday as I was hooked up to a couple of tubes in the hospital and shaking off the effects of anesthesia, I saw the story break on Fox News. I knew it would have an impact on you. Eric told me late that evening that he could feel the end of an era, as if a huge landmark in his life had been constructed. Condolences to all who found Jobs visionary life an inspiration.

  3. kvmagruder says:

    Thanks, Michael. Laura, I’ve since moved the quotation to the very top instead of the end, and added more links that I think you’ll appreciate.

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