Valley Icon Steve Jobs Dies

Steven P. Jobs died yesterday. He was 56. Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, was a legendary figure in Silicon Valley, and considered one of the most visionary and exacting corporate leaders the United States has ever produced. His career traced an epic, unique arc across the development of the personal computer and the rise of the Internet that was liberally strewn with massive successes, but also sprinkled with failure and exile. He triumphed during the early days of the PC, as he shepherded fledgling Apple to prominence with Lisa, the first widely-available personal computer with a graphical user interface, then again with the more consumer-friendly Macintosh. However, he was soon forced out of the company, and spent the next decade trying to make a success out of his subsequent computer company (NeXT) while helping usher in the era of computer animation during his tenure as CEO of Pixar. He returned to a diminished Apple in the late 1990s and resurrected the company, raising it to its current perch as one of the most valuable corporations in the world as it introduced one groundbreaking product after another during his watch: iMac, OS X, iTunes, Apple Store, iPod, iOS, iPhone, iPad. The company’s development of iTunes was particularly instrumental to the telco and broadband industry, as it made consumers comfortable with purchasing music over the Internet, helping create today’s need for higher speeds and greater bandwidth as people demand instant access to any and all types of content over their connected devices.