Most of us are surprised at being so affected by Steve Jobs' passing. On reflecting back on his legacy, it's hard to underestimate Jobs' impact on the world at large. Not just the technology segment. Jobs delivered elegant products, at a reasonable, though premium price that generated huge customer loyalty around the globe
What makes it all the more fascinating is that Jobs had no technology training. He was a liberal arts student, briefly, fascinated by calligraphy. He was a design genius, and in that, a type of artist. His sense of aesthetics, in delivering products was unparalleled. And he had to have been a tremendous leader. I understand he could be extraordinarily demanding, and difficult to work for. A couple of years stint was probably sufficient for most people. But the end products were magnificent.
Even more amazing is to realize that his most creative and productive time was at the end of his career, which produced the iPod, iPhone, iTunes, iMacs, MacAir and MacPro's. And he would tell you (as he did in his 14 minute 2005 Stanford commencement speech) that being fired from Apple was what created the groundwork for the second half–along with meeting his wife. He left Apple for twelve years–between 1985 and 1997, rejoining upon Apple's purchase of NeXT.
Since 1997, the Company has grown from $7 billion to $65 billion. Over the past decade the stock price has climbed from around 10 to nearly 400. Apple's enterprise value is now over $314 billion. Enough to generate huge shareholder enthusiasm.
We can only mourn Jobs' passing, and pray that for our sakes, the void will somehow be filled.