In today’s Silicon Alley Insider, there’s a salute to Steve Jobs.
The piece, and the comments it generated, say it all. http://www.businessinsider.com/the-life-and-awesomeness-of-steve-jobs-2009-6
Not the easiest guy to be around. Nor the most pleasant. But to focus on his sharp edges, or the decades-long trail of broken glass he’s left behind, is to miss who and what this guy and his legacy are all about. I can’t think of anyone who can match his commercial accomplishments. Not even close. And that’s what we need to focus on here. Commerce. Pure and simple. Can anyone deny, dismiss or even minimize the thousands of “Jobs jobs” created because of this guy’s drive, obessiveness, pushiness, crankiness and prickliness? Sheer force of will? I’ll admit I don’t look back with any particular fondness on my brief time associated with him at Apple. I can remember times trying to avoid him. But give the guy his due, because he’s due plenty. He’s created value, wealth and Jobs jobs. Long may he flourish and prosper. If he does, many others will too. I can think of worse things.