“Retweet this if your hand is resting on an Apple product right now.” Last night, among the many tributes being paid as we learned of Steve Jobs’s passing, this was circulating on Twitter. And it was true: chances were if you weren’t touching Apple it wasn’t very far away.
Last night, we lost a true American pioneer and one we at MasterShield can relate to. Steve Jobs, who bravely battled pancreatic cancer for seven years, changed the way we use our world. From computers to music, from movies to telephones, he made us see that technology can be not only innovative but astonishing. That objects beautiful enough to be behind glass in a museum could be things we use as naturally as putting on clothes. This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough told us he now judges all products by the standards of Apple and gets aggravated if they aren’t intuitive enough. “We are all the Apple Mac generation,” he said. From your three-year-old whose face lit up when she saw an iPad for the first time to your 91-year-old neighbor who won’t fly without her iPod, Steve Jobs affected all of our lives in so many ways.
President Barack Obama wrote last night: “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” CEOs of corporations like Facebook and Google are among those giving credit to Steve today–he was a role model for so many. And Alex Higginbotham, the inventor of Mastershield’s gutter guard technology, is among those who was inspired by Steve Job’s endless quest for perfection. As an inventor himself and patenter himself, Alex realized how much hard grinding work behind the smooth facade went into those beautiful products that customers didn’t even know they wanted until they saw them. How Steve’s passion for the tiny crucial details that turned out to make the difference between a good product and a great one was something we can all learn from. And how you should never stop asking the tough questions. As Steve Jobs said in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Steve Jobs was taken from us too soon. Is it really only five years since we first saw the iPhone? It seems hard to remember a time when we didn’t have them. Steve Jobs is listed as either primary inventor or co-inventor in 338 US patents or patent applications. Patented technology is such an integral part of what we stand for at MasterShield, we have nothing but respect for that level of accomplishment. And it’s sad to think how much more he might have done. But somewhere out there tonight, Steve is swapping stories with Tom Edison. And we bet they’re coming up with something amazing. Thank you, Steve, for changing how we live our lives. And for reminding us how truly great we can be. Rest in peace.