Steve Jobs’ best creation – revisited

Back in May, when Steve Jobs was still the CEO of Apple, I opined that the best thing Steve Jobs created was not the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone or the iPad, but Apple itself, the insanely great technology company.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

There have been many great tributes to SJ, but I particularly liked with one by Jeff Bezos. He said something to the effect of: “Steve created three companies in his lifetime, the first Apple before he was ousted, Pixar and the Apple he resurrected when he came back to an almost bankrupt company”. When you think deep about it, you find how profound an impact SJ in fact had. He helped launch the PC industry, helped create one of the most profitable film genre of recent years (computer generated animated films), changed the music industry, changed the telecommunications industry and was leading us into the post-PC industry. If this is not super-human, I don’t know what is. All the while he made it look easy. Which is a true mark of a magician.

The remarkable thing here is that it takes a different kind of persons to create a startup, then turn it into a well-oiled functioning profitable machine and eventually run a public company. SJ did this 3x over and ended up creating the most successful technology company the world has ever seen.

Think of it this way, the impact SJ had in his 35 years career almost equals the impact Alexander Graham Bell, Walt Disney and Jack Welch (also created the biggest publicly traded company during his tenure) have had spanning multiple lifetimes and careers.

Can’t wait for Walter Isaacson’s official Steve Jobs biography.

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