Steve Jobs: Share Your Thoughts

Perhaps you knew Jobs. Perhaps you saw him once at the grocery store. Perhaps your worked for him. Perhaps you just loved the products he created. If he shaped your life in any way at all, tell us.

He was an inventor and an entrepreneur. He had 317 patents and was worth an estimated $8.3 billion when he died Wednesday. But Steve Jobs' great genius was that of an editor. It was his instinct for knowing what to pare away that made Apple one of the richest companies in the world.

A Buddhist capitalist, he was one of the rare billionaires one wanted to believe when he said it wasn’t about the money. It was about doing “something wonderful.” He did that very well, by most accounts.

In his famous speech to the Stanford University class of 2005, he told the graduates to "stay hungry" and to "stay foolish."

He kept his private life private and only the people closest to him know if he lived what he believed. But for the millions of people across the world who use the tools he designed to live their dreams, it seems likely that Steve Jobs did.

What do you think was Steve Jobs’ most wonderful legacy? Did you know him? Did you ever meet him? Share your memories here.

Rob Glasier October 06, 2011 at 02:45 AM
What I loved about Steve was his enthsuaiam for what he was doing, and his sense of humor. People often thought of him as arraogant and brash. I found him more an excited, enthused, fired up geek at times. He and I were talking one time at the Moscone Center in SF at some computer envent. It was shortly after he returned to Apple, and it was still struggling; and it was also after he had bought Pixar, which everybody else at the time thought that was proabably a dumb deal. He was jabbering about something to do with how excited he was about Pixar and its potential, and then he looked at me and said, "You know, I'm probably the only guy I know that lost over 250 million dollars last year...", then, after a short pause, a twinkle came into his eye, and he said, "but, I'm still worth over 450 millions dollars"; or whatever his stock was worth at the time - the actual final number, I can't remember. I was laughing too hard by then, but it was somehere aound 450. And, he didn't say it arrogantly or proudy; just as a sort of inside joke. He will be missed...
Lori Hannum October 06, 2011 at 02:46 AM
I like you, Patch. But you could have had a more respectful headline here.
Milticket Stars October 06, 2011 at 03:46 AM
I thank God for this man. I loved the way He came back and dominted his own company!! I remember in one of his speeches he said" we don't have to beat Microsoft we just have to be Apple. How mazing that helped know that I just had to be the best me I could be!! I was always wondering if he was able to make all this great stuff for us what was he doing for our Government. Had to be out of this world!! Steve thanks for all the memories and I pray for your family and wish them nothing but peace. I grew up in the Bay Area and when I found out that that was were he was from it made me stick my chest out just a little more because I know as a boy he had seen what i had and was able to make something from nothing. Again thank you Steve and go with god Amen
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. October 06, 2011 at 07:23 AM
Lori, I agree whole heartedly! Disrespectful!
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. October 06, 2011 at 07:26 AM
Imagine if everyone in the world had the intellectual curiosity that Steve Jobs exhibited,incredible! R.I.P. Steve the world is better place for you being here, God bless you and your family.
AC October 06, 2011 at 02:21 PM
I have many thoughts to share when it comes to Steve Jobs. However the only thought I am having right now is that I find this headline to be extremely desrepectful and insensitive. I hope his family does not see it. I read the Patch everyday and now feel I may have to reconsider.
Pam Marino October 06, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Apologies to those who found the original headline disrespectful. It has been adjusted.
theSpaniard October 06, 2011 at 03:06 PM
a true genius. i dont think people will realize how much he changed our world until future generations look back. he worked for apple until the end. ( writing this on my macbook pro)... R.I.P. a true american pioneer who made his own path. make no comparisons. thank you mr. jobs, thank you
Kathy Mcleod October 06, 2011 at 04:25 PM
My thought is on how much my son was effected when he heard that Steve Jobs had died. I had no idea. He is nine and never knew Steve Jobs, just the products. I had to explain that the inventions are alive and well. We are lucky to have lived in the world while he was here. He was a genius and Apple and Macs will be more popular than ever. We will miss him and what else he could have done. My son rode off on his bike to school talking about what else could have been. His imagination is so inspired now.
L. Haugen October 06, 2011 at 07:02 PM
I agree, THE WORST headline for such a Great Man! Laissez-Faire tone feels like a kick in the gut. What happened to this Town's heart?!
theSpaniard October 06, 2011 at 09:53 PM
a true genius. i dont think people will realize how much he changed our world until future generations look back. he worked for apple until the end. ( writing this on my macbook pro)... R.I.P.
Brad Kava (Editor) October 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
I bought my first apple in 1984, an Apple 2 c...and never looked back. Been Apple all the way (not the iPhone, though...Droid really is better there)...but iPod, iTunes, iPhoto and Macs.
AR October 07, 2011 at 04:24 AM
there is another dimension worth noting in his legacy, that he also shares in part with bill gates...the obliteration of the notion of owning our tools... the suggestion that ease-of-use can only be achieved by reducing us from "owners" to mere "users". jobs worked hard to place roadblocks in front of the inquisitive, be it pointlessly encrypting the firmware on the ipod, or making it a contract violation to "jailbreak" your iphone. none of these roadblocks enhanced the performance of the device - they were put in place to exert control. i'm typing this on an older mac laptop, back before jobs' incessant need to control users led him to remove even the screws that would permit a home user to replace a faulty component. postmodern america, having killed god, needed to replace it with something, and steve gave it crass consumerism to fill in the void. its no coincidence that you see messiah-like demogoguery being invoked at his passing...apple stores have become churches for the mindless, desperate for someone to tell them what to do (or what to buy). oddly enough turning his users in to the same drones apple derided in its famous commercial
randy albin October 07, 2011 at 08:08 PM
my social studies teacher in junior high bought some of the first apple stock offered. i guess it's about time to invest more in apple...
Steve Marquis October 18, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I sat with Steve and Woz and Nolan Bushness one night at the Lion and Compass grand opening and really liked him. Later to realize who he was and the incredible things he did for our world and technology. A genius in his own right!


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