Steve Jobs was arguably an entrepreneur's entrepreneur. His passion, vision and drive for excellence in every aspect of his business were, and remain, an inspiration to many small business owners.
Our colleague and managing editor of CIO Update, Allen Bernard, shares his thoughts on the passing of a visionary man. And be sure to view this slide show retrospective -- created by our sister site, IT Business Edge -- of Steve Jobs' legacy.
It's kind of funny -- not in the funny, ha, ha way, of course but in the "Huh, I had no idea ... " kind of way -- but when I heard that Apple co-founder and tech visionary Steve Jobs passed away last night at the age 56, I was surprised that he was just 56.
Steve Jobs has been a fixture of not only our industry but of the public's imagination for so long, he must be older, I thought. How could anyone wield such influence for so long and yet be so young? My oldest brother is in his 50s and I'm not far behind.
In looking back, it's easy to see now that the last part of the 20th Century and the first part of the 21st, was dominated by few personalities more important that Steve Jobs. I think it's because Jobs' genius wasn't about technology that was merely his trade. Job's genius was translating the "art of the possible" into a vision that everyone could understand and become a part of.
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