Steve’s death, at age 56, of pancreatic cancer, is so sad. His incredible brilliance couldn't save him, his fortune couldn’t buy him a break from terminal pancreatic cancer, ultimately this amazing visionary couldn’t thwart off his own mortality.
When Jobs resigned in August (blog post 8/25/2011) and I learned Walter Isaacson had a biography coming out in November that Jobs had actually sanctioned, I knew he must be close to the end. Rumors of his poor health were rampant and Jobs just didn’t seem like the type to leave Apple (or endorse a biography) unless his days were numbered.
When Jobs unveiled one of his new products (I think the iTouch) he said Apple’s goal was “to put a dent in the universe.” News of his death yesterday certainly did the same. Judging from the sheer volume of news articles, stories, and media coverage, the impact of Steve Jobs life is truly extraordinary.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me...Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful...that’s what matters to me.” -Steve Jobs