Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Standing Ovation - An Ode to Steve Jobs

It was one fine day in the spring of 1977 when two drop outs from college, the two Steves, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded a small computer company named "Apple Computer Inc." Little did they know then, that the world would never be the same again.
A few years later the two Steve's went their separate ways. One became a teacher and an engineer (a bloody brilliant one at that) and the other made sure that he was remembered forever.
In 1984, Apple launched the first ever Macintosh, and as Steve aptly said, it was "Insanely Great." He got fired from Apple, came back in 1996 and that for the world was a little more than "Insanely Great", from then on, he has continued to change the way people look at things almost every year.
In 2001, at the launch of the first ever iPod he said, "Join us, as we change the music industry", and by God he did. In 2007 he said, ,"Today Apple re-invents the phone", and oh it did.  Not just that, he changed the PC industry, the notebook industry and launched a whole new range of products called tablets.
When the Macbook Air was launched he said, "There's something in the Air" and clearly there's something in the air today that just whispers that the world will not be changed by Steve Jobs' brilliance anymore.
No one comes close to his strokes of brilliance,  he turned a product launch into a massive event! For no other product (except Harry Potter books) did you see people lining up three days in advance to be the first ones to get their hands on it.
If you ask me, no one in the world will come close to the showman in Steve, he made people lust for Apple products, he made people believe in Apple. He was one of the three people I idolized, one of the three people that made me love performing. To the world he wasn't a magician, he was a visionary. To me he was one of the most Magical people that ever lived.
 And today on his death the world has spoken, a few of the well known people mourning the loss are, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell and Bill Gates. If you go on the Google home page, they have a little ode to Steve Jobs in their own way. The Microsoft office is mourning the loss as well.
I would like to say just this, "Microsoft, Google, Dell... when competitors are mourning your loss, you know you're a legend."
Oh and "One more thing...."
"Every time a Steve Jobs keynote ended, he got a standing ovation and the crowd erupted. Every time he walked up on stage to give a new keynote or to launch a new product, he got a standing ovation and the crowd erupted. The world was his stage, and he was the performer. And today as he walks out of this stage, we give him a standing ovation only to be sure that when he walks into heaven, the crowd will erupt and the Gods will stand and applaud."