Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs on How to Succeed by Evan Troxel

This YouTube video of Steve Jobs is making the rounds again and for good reason. It's less than two minutes long and it encapsulates one of the best bits of advice Steve Jobs ever offered on how to succeed.

This fits perfectly with what Ashton Kutcher said in his Teen Choice Awards acceptance speech paraphrasing Steve Jobs that I posted here the other day: 

Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you... So build a life. Don't live one.

Remembering Steve by Evan Troxel

It's the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death today. If you watch only one video, make it this one in which Jony Ive reminds us who Steve was:

Jonathan Ive - Tribute to Steve Jobs

From Apple's Celebration of Steve on October 19, 2011.

Jony on Steve's ideas:

But sometimes they took the air from the room, and left both of us completely silent. Bold, crazy, magnificent ideas. Or quiet, simple ones. Which in their subtlety, their detail, were utterly profound.
He treated the process of creativity with a rare, and a wonderful reverence. I think he, better than anyone understood, that while ideas can ultimately be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts. So easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished. 
He used to joke that the lunatics had taken over the asylum as we shared a giddy excitement, spending months and months working on a part of a product that nobody would ever see. Not with their eyes. But we did it because we really believed it was right. Because we cared.
His was a victory for beauty. For purity. And as he would say, for giving a damn.

Here's to you Steve. We thank you, and miss you.

The Pros & Cons of Betting the Company on a Single Product by Evan Troxel

This is a fascinating read.

There are so many things I want to do... I just have to convince myself that the worst thing that could happen is failure. And failure isn't that big of a deal. But if that thing actually takes off, it could change the world. 

Suppose you were the CEO of Apple in 2005 when a couple of intergalactic visitors with time-warping technology offered you this bet:
Design and manufacture a small mobile device that seamlessly combines the functionalities of a cellular phone, a web surfer, an audio/video player and a small PC, and your company will double its market cap and establish a third mass-market computing platform after Windows and Macintosh.
Would you take it?
Before you say, “Are you nuts, why wouldn’t I?” ponder just a few of the issues involved:

Read through to the end. Steve had cajones.

by Evan Troxel

thecoolnews : 
 
 The now iconic Apple-Jobs Silhouette logo is designed by  Jonathan Mak Long , a 19 year old designer from Hong Kong. The simplicity, minimalism and pure geniusness of the pairing is something that Steve would have approved of. 
  RIP Steve Jobs   
  jmak : 
 
  Thanks, Steve.  
 Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea! 
 Thoughts?

thecoolnews:

The now iconic Apple-Jobs Silhouette logo is designed by Jonathan Mak Long, a 19 year old designer from Hong Kong. The simplicity, minimalism and pure geniusness of the pairing is something that Steve would have approved of.

RIP Steve Jobs 

jmak:

Thanks, Steve.

Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!

Thoughts?