I could write a lot about Steve Job’s death, but a lot of it has been said by others, and said well.
I’ll take the anonymous proverb, sometimes mis-attributed to Dr Seuss – “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
And what happened was amazing – from the “ignition” (as their press releases say) of the personal computer market, their decline, NeXT’s rise, Apple’s return and to the sheer scale of their success.
But I’m sad because it wasn’t finished. He won’t see the mothership built, or even his new house, or the growth and development of his youngest children, or the evolution of Apple or society.
I’m sorry he didn’t get a dotage – a relaxing retirement. I’m sorry he didn’t get to do more philanthropic work. I’m sorry he wasn’t able to make Apple a good corporate citizen – the ~$80 billion Apple has in the bank is money that has come from consumers and hasn’t “trickled down” back into society – and that’s a big problem.
But, for all these things he wasn’t able to achieve in one lifetime, he still did some truly amazing things.