Co-founder of Apple - Steve Jobs - has passed away

The co-founder and Chairman of Apple Steve Jobs died today.  He was 56.

This is a great loss to the IT industry and a great loss to all the users who have been touched by the changes that Steve was responsible - changes not only in technology but also in how it can best be used to serve the end user.  As Obama said: "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

Steve's philosophy of the business of IT is summed up in his strategy and vision for Apple, i.e., "to start with: 'What incredible benefits can we give the customer?' not start with: 'Let's sit down with the engineers, and figure out what awesome technology we have and then figure out how to market that.'"

Here are some memorable videos that trace Steve's ideas over ten years ago.

"Focusing is about saying no" - Steve Jobs (WWDC'97)

Steve Jobs Macworld 1998 Keynote (Part 2)

Looking back at these videos, one can trace the path that Apple took and how it improved the users' experience of computing.  And this was the impact of Steve Job's vision.  A truly visionary leader in the technology industry and in business.  He will be sorely missed.