Bobby Ghoshal, founder of FLUD News, shares a very personal story about his interactions with Apple and Steve Jobs:
The day FLUD News launched its iPhone app last december, I emailed Steve and thanked him for his contribution to the app industry. I also asked him to check out the latest FLUD when he got a chance, the next day I got a call from Apple heads telling us that we were the number 1 featured app in the app store and that we were invited to meet with people from the app store team. It gave me goose bumps.
Just an hour in and by 9:30PM last night, almost every social medium online was abuzz with the terrible news, with 1,905 blog posts, 3,836 online news articles, 1,483 forum posts, and over 570,414 tweets. Numbers continued to rise as the news spread and the world both fell asleep and awoke to the sadness. Keywords surrounding Jobs’ passing had also moved from conversation central to the release of the iPhone 4S, and onto more timely and emotional chatter related to his death. (via 2.5 Million Steve Jobs tweets sent out in just 12 hours)
The Apple home page says it all, appropriately in black and white. Steve Jobs was a legend, a visionary, and a businessman, who looked to the future but never stepped on people to get there. He had high hopes for Apple, and he surpassed every goal he set for his company.
There have been some grumblings around the iPhone 4S debut, but seriously, who doesn’t want one? If you feel like you were short-changed by not seeing the iPhone 5 debut, just think about what that launch will be like.
Steve Jobs was smart enough to know he needed to enable others to recreate his kind of vision and innovation. Not just follow his, but be even better. Lead into the future. Dare, reach, dream, and make it happen. He knew enough about his business to understand, he could never be the only innovative, forward-thinking, creative, visionary for Apple. His desire for others to succeed at Apple, and in business in general, means I can’t wait to see what Apple has in store. I’m sure they will honor the memory of Steve Jobs, and his vision, and it will be like him, extraordinary.