Thought Leadership Essays

Steve is gone, but his Spirit lives

October 14, 2011

Vikas Narula

It is difficult to imagine our world without Steve Jobs.  He was just getting started, enjoying a 10 year run that redefined music consumption, tele-communications and personal computing.  While friends and family grieve the loss of Steve Jobs the person, his countless “followers” grieve the loss of a technology artist and innovator.  What could have been had he lived to the ripe age of 96? 66?

As sad as it is to no longer have Steve with us (in physical form), it is somewhat “fitting” that he left the world now….at the height of his success, at the top in so many ways – completing a phenomenal life / business story only the Universe could dream up.

He was a man that epitomized the virtue of quality over quantity – through design, through human-machine interaction and through corporate messaging. His time here on earth was no different.  In every way, Steve Jobs exuded the principle of less is more.

Aside from creating a string of products that we would salivate over (or camp in a parking lot for), Steve brought to the world a new and better way of delivering technology – with simplicity, elegance and grace.  The less-is-more-philosophy is much easier-said-than-done. Steve Jobs made it look effortless.

We not only enjoy his ingenious devices, many of us seek to instill his brand brilliance into our own work.  The founders of the last two companies I worked for were greatly influenced by Steve Jobs.  I have been influenced by Steve Jobs.  Anyone who has designed anything in the last 30 years has likely been influenced by Steve Jobs.  And, in a hundred years when someone comes up with the next big thing, I bet we’ll be able to trace the lineage back to a man who made 1984 feel like 2004.

Steve is gone.  Apple could go away someday. People might forget about the Mac, but I believe the story of Steve Jobs and his philosophy, which he so magnificently manifested through technology, will live forever.

Vikas Narula (@NarulaTweets) is Creator and Co-Founder of Keyhubs (@Keyhubs) – a software and services company specializing in workplace social analytics.

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