Pioneer, entrepreneur and brilliant mind Steve Jobs passed away today after a long battle with cancer. In less than sixty years, he changed the world multiple times, played a major role in two incredibly successful companies and redefined the way the world looked at technology. His loss at such a young age feels wrong and profoundly unfair, but at least no one can ever say he didn’t make the most of his time.

In the early 1970s, sixteen year old Steve Job was introduced to an electronics hacker named Steve Wozniak. Within a few years, they were designing computers and laying the groundwork for what would later become Apple Computers. In 1984, the company unveiled the Macintosh, a widely successful personal computer that proved to even the most skeptical of onlookers how essential and life-changing the piece of technology would be for the coming generations. Unfortunately, within a year, Jobs was forced out of the company he founded after a bitter power struggle. The blow might have crippled most men, but he responded by working that much harder. He purchased Graphics Group with the money he made from Apple and rebranded it Pixar. By the late 1990s, it was a phenomenon, and he was once again introduced as Apple’s CEO. What followed was one of the greatest business success stories the world has ever seen.

From the iPod to iTunes to the iPhone, Apple, under Jobs’ watch, started rolling out enormously popular product after enormously popular product. Today, the company has yearly revenues topping sixty billion dollars, and Pixar was recently purchased by Walt Disney for a staggering seven billion dollars. Jobs may not have personally been responsible for every one of those great achievements, but his managerial style was the reason they happened. He hired the right people and then gave them space to work, pushing when he needed to push and praising when he needed to praise.

I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say Steve Jobs may well have been the greatest business mind of his generation. What do you think? Sound off by voting in the poll below…

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