Musthafa Ebadi
Did Steve Jobs Create A Dent in Universe?
by Musthafa Ebadi on December 12th, 2011

Growing up I idolized Bill Gates not because he was the richest person in the world but because I believed he championed a technological revolution in the 20th century. Then in August 2011 when Steve Jobs resigned from Apple as its Chief Executive Officer due to health reasons I posted My Tribute To Steve Jobs. As part of my research on Jobs I was extremely fascinated by him, and even after my post I continued further reading about him, his philosophy, and his uncompromising dedication to changing this world.


On October 3rd 2011 I confessed on twitter and facebook that after my further research I might have idolized the wrong technology tycoon. Alas, two days later Steve Jobs passed away and I was very upset after a very long time. I had struck a chord with Steve’s obsession with doing something big in life, his passion for what he did, his ability to bring back Apple from ashes, and his “cool” personality as the CEO of the most valued company on earth. When his book Steve Jobs by Walter Iassacson was released on October 24th 2011 I couldn’t wait to pick it up and read more about someone who could have been my idol.

Once I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down and I was able to finish the 576 page book in little over 37 days. Now that I have finished it I decided to give you my take on the man who wanted to change the world. But before I do that take a moment to read the following
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
This is the background commentary in Apple’s “Think Different” ad created in 1997. Now that I have read his book I believe the above sums Steve Jobs in one paragraph. To me Steve was crazy to think that he could change the world single handedly. He was a rebel and had no time for status quo or following the rules. Infact it was this craziness and always challenging rules and status quo that led to some great discoveries most of which were unthinkable before he made them happen which we are now taking for granted. When Apple came up with iPod he was repeatedly told it cannot be done but he saw an opportunity and he made it happen.

And he also saw things differently. When he toured XeroxPARC in 1981 and saw that Xerox was working on a pointing device and Graphical User Interface he immediately saw something that Xerox hadnt seen – making computers a commodity. Jobs rushed back to Apple and started working on changing the world of computers. Apple was the 1st company to change computers from black background and green text to graphical interface which paved the way for MAC OS and later Windows.

Steve also believed in pushing the human race forward. In January of 2007 when Steve unveiled the iPhone to the public at the Macworld 2007 convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco there were multiple tech giants that were working on tablets and netbooks with stylus. Jobs didn’t believe in stylus and when he was introduced to multi-touch technology he strongly believed that this will push the human race forward. Back then many experts disagreed, called him crazy, and even made fun of him. However within few months of its release iPhone became the trendsetter of mobile phone industry and it is the same multi-touch technology that brought iPad to life.

When Steve returned to Apple in 1997 he said he wanted to make a dent in Universe, and before we pass any judgments lets take a look at how our lives have changed in these short 14 years:


1. Laptops and Tablets: I now know that it was Steve Jobs in early 1980s that brought a technological revolution by introduction of GUI and Mouse that Microsoft built its Window platform on. If it wasn’t for the GUI and mouse there would be no Google or Youtube or Facebook or Twitter today. There would be no email or SMS. In the last 14 years our laptops and desktops have become more thin, more light, and more powerful some credit of which should go to Steve’s obsession with design and his belief that “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication”
2. Smartphones: If you recall the smartphones before iPhone you would agree that Palm Treo, Blackberry 7000 and 8000 series, Motorola’s moto Q, and Nokia’s E62 you would agree that they were not smart. Today we take our Blackberrys, iPhones, and Androids for granted however it was Steve’s idea of smartphones that led to these significant improvements of our smartphones.

3. Music: Do you remember days before iPod? I do with my clunky MP3 player that I used while taking the bus to University or exercising in the gym. Today I use my Blackberry Torch for all my music, picture and video, and I have to admit it was iPod's invention that changed this in my life.

So while he started to change our lives and digging at Universe when he intially founded and ran Apple in 1980s, he fully changed our lives (for better or worse) and created the dent he wanted in the Universe in the last 10 years!
Except for an iPad 2 I don’t own anything else Apple, infact I have always bought Apple’s fiercest competition – Windows & Blackberry, but I have to admit that Steve Jobs was a genius and was one of the people who was crazy enough to think he could change the world, and infact was the one who did it.

Onething that I didn’t agree with was his leadership and/or management style which is the topic of my next blog post. Stay Tuned.

Thanks for Reading.


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2 Comments

twitterfollower - December 13th, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Looking forward to the next article Musthafa!
Musthafa Ebadi - December 13th, 2011 at 3:14 PM
Working on it now. Will be posting it soon.
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