Much love. Namaste.
When something as sweeping as this happens, there just isn’t much you can say that hasn’t already been said.
Though some people may remember Steve as the archetypical bullshitter, capable of making something as rudimentary as magnets seem revolutionary, the ironic reality is that he saw the status quo of technology and relentlessly worked to eliminate the bullshit from it.
I can’t help but feel a bit selfish. I didn’t lose a close family member or friend. My relationship with Steve is no doubt quite unilateral and he never even knew of my existence unless perhaps he read an email of mine at some point. Knowing that I really only know Steve in that I have benefited immensely from his contributions to the world does make me feel a bit like I am mourning his loss for the wrong reasons.
But I’m not mourning Steve’s loss because I enjoy some electronic gadgets. I’m mourning his loss because of his ideas and philosophy and his ability to execute these on the scale that he was able to do. His thinking has in part spawned a vibrant Silicon Valley that isn’t so focused on the typical bullshit that you hear about from businesses. And to top off this legacy, there are tens of thousands of developers making a living using the platforms Steve helped create.
So Steve, you might need yet another blog post honoring your life like you need a Zune, and a passage from your Stanford commencement address is really going to cliché it up, but here goes: