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Coffee Talk #407: How Will You Remember Steve Jobs?

Posted on October 6th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, iPhone, Today's Specials. 9 comments

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As most of you know, Apple’s Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. Apple has asked that you share your thoughts and memories by sending an email to I’m going to be sending this story to that email address, so feel free to leave your thoughts here. I’d love to know what you’ll remember about Steve Jobs.

As for me, he’s definitely one of my heroes. I’m actually much more of a Steve Jobs fan than an Apple fan. I’ve always been amazed by how passionate he was about his products and how much he cared about the little details. This story posted by Google’s Vic Gundotra is a great example of Steve being Steve. His passion translated to consumer passion. In the history of consumer electronics, I’ve never seen anyone get people more excited about pieces of silicon the way that Steve Jobs did.

I’ll never forget Jobs’ Stanford commencement address from 2005. It was honest and inspiring. He talked about his successes, his failures, and how knowing that he was going to die soon liberated him. As complex as Apple’s products are and as clever as its marketing is, Jobs always made sure that the company was rooted in simple philosophies. As a whole, he wanted Apple to always try to make the best products it could make. As an individual, he wanted people to be the best at what they wanted to do.

Jobs was one of the most fascinating and influential people of my lifetime. I’ll always appreciate what brought to the world and my world.

Look in the mirror everyday and ask, “if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am doing today?” If the answer is no for many days in a row, you need to change something. Remembering you are going to die is the most important tool to make big decisions in life, everything falls away in the face of death. External expectations, pride, fear of embarrassment or failure are all things that don’t matter in the big picture. Remembering you are going to die is the best way to remember you have nothing to lose. “You are already naked, you have nothing to lose by following you heart.”

  • BigBlak

    Yea man he will be missed. I will remember him by using my Mac mini everyday. I am not an Apple fan boy, but you have to take your hat off to Steve as a person that has changed what we take for granted. #Firstworldproblems

  • N8R

    I'll remember him as a visionary who literally changed the world. This man has had a massive impact on my career as well as personal life. This cannot be overlooked.

  • tokz21

    I will remember him for making our tech more easier to use and for Pixar.

  • Lunias

    This guy was so important that he was on the school news. I heard people talking about it in the room next door during class, and that wasn't the students; it was the teacher, leading a discussion! He will certainly be remembered.

  • Smartguy

    The Apple ][ was my 2nd computer. I'd like to thank Steve Jobs for my love of all things electronic and how they will change as we use them. He was also assigned to me for a school report when I was a freshman in high school. It's what lead me into my interest in the business world. Inspirational guy to say the least. At least he's no longer in pain.

    Normally I don't dwell on what was lost from someone of note like this, the last person I put forth thought and or emotion into was Johnny Cash.


    • N8R

      Cash hit me the same way.

      How odd?

  • lceman

    Steve Jobs was the man.

    That is all.


  • Thundercracker

    Once in a lifetime type genius. Dude helped create the modern age. He was all about making money, but as long as you are making money inventing cool shit that makes our lives easier, im "down" with that.. You might have a hard time calling him a humanatarian though.

    Requiescant in Pace, SJ!

    • BigBlak

      Well put my man.