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Steve Jobs: Share Your Thoughts

Perhaps you knew Jobs. Perhaps you saw him once at the grocery store. Perhaps your worked for him. Perhaps you just loved the products he created. If he shaped your life in any way at all, tell us.

He was an inventor and an entrepreneur. He had 317 patents and was worth an estimated $8.3 billion when he died Wednesday. But Steve Jobs' great genius was that of an editor. It was his instinct for knowing what to pare away that made Apple one of the richest companies in the world.

A Buddhist capitalist, he was one of the rare billionaires one wanted to believe when he said it wasn’t about the money. It was about doing “something wonderful.” He did that very well, by most accounts.

In his famous speech to the Stanford University class of 2005, he told the graduates to "stay hungry" and to "stay foolish."

He kept his private life private and only the people closest to him know if he lived what he believed. But for the millions of people across the world who use the tools he designed to live their dreams, it seems likely that Steve Jobs did.

What do you think was Steve Jobs’ most wonderful legacy? Did you know him? Did you ever meet him? Share your memories here.

theSpaniard October 06, 2011 at 09:53 PM
a true genius. i dont think people will realize how much he changed our world until future generations look back. he worked for apple until the end. ( writing this on my macbook pro)... R.I.P.
Brad Kava October 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
I bought my first apple in 1984, an Apple 2 c...and never looked back. Been Apple all the way (not the iPhone, though...Droid really is better there)...but iPod, iTunes, iPhoto and Macs.
AR October 07, 2011 at 04:24 AM
there is another dimension worth noting in his legacy, that he also shares in part with bill gates...the obliteration of the notion of owning our tools... the suggestion that ease-of-use can only be achieved by reducing us from "owners" to mere "users". jobs worked hard to place roadblocks in front of the inquisitive, be it pointlessly encrypting the firmware on the ipod, or making it a contract violation to "jailbreak" your iphone. none of these roadblocks enhanced the performance of the device - they were put in place to exert control. i'm typing this on an older mac laptop, back before jobs' incessant need to control users led him to remove even the screws that would permit a home user to replace a faulty component. postmodern america, having killed god, needed to replace it with something, and steve gave it crass consumerism to fill in the void. its no coincidence that you see messiah-like demogoguery being invoked at his passing...apple stores have become churches for the mindless, desperate for someone to tell them what to do (or what to buy). oddly enough turning his users in to the same drones apple derided in its famous commercial
randy albin October 07, 2011 at 08:08 PM
my social studies teacher in junior high bought some of the first apple stock offered. i guess it's about time to invest more in apple...
Steve Marquis October 18, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I sat with Steve and Woz and Nolan Bushness one night at the Lion and Compass grand opening and really liked him. Later to realize who he was and the incredible things he did for our world and technology. A genius in his own right!

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