“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs in his commencement speech at Stanford University, June 12, 2005.
Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc., passed away this week at age 56 of pancreatic cancer. In the late 70s, Jobs and his team created the Apple II series, one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers. In 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, which specialized in computers for the higher-education and business markets. He returned to Apple and served as its CEO from 1997 until August 24, 2011, revitalizing the company and introducing the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, a series of products that revolutionized personal computing, the music business, and the telephone. In addition to his work at Apple, in 1986 Jobs bought the company that would become Pixar Animation Studios and served as its CEO for two decades; it was purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 2006, making Jobs Disney’s largest single shareholder.