Steve Jobs: How he became the 21st Century’s Most Successful Innovator
“Those who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world, are the ones that do!” ~ Steve Jobs
This line possibly portrays the kind of innovator this billionaire is these days. He’s lovingly tagged as the ‘Master of Innovation’. And the reasons should not be too surprising. He birthed the presence of personal computers, was forced out from his kingdom and later saved it from disaster. And along the way, he altered the way people play, work and communicate. And he’s most definitely not done yet.
Apple and Steve Jobs are yet again planning to modify the world. Steve Jobs is sitting in a leather chair looking at the San Francisco auditorium audience. There is a big video display screen filming his finger movements on a slim and slate looking technology resting in comfort at the palm of his hands. Donning his signature darkish turtleneck shirt, a pair of New Balance shoes and blue jeans, the co-founder of Apple and one of the marvels of innovation prepares his speech. It is about Apple’s latest wave – a notebook computer known as iPad which has a few fantastic recommendations attached to it.
A Stellar Performance
Amidst his huge and innovative success which has dwarfed a few high profile flops, Jobs was able to establish this ‘rock super star’ personality. This 55-year old persona is pretty smooth and exudes a natural cool vibe. Well before the iPad kick off, he already ticked off heady numbers. As of January 2010, Apple had already sold 250M iPods, had designed around 140,000 software applications for its mobile products and had set up 284 stores. The retail shops had lured in around 50 million traffic in the final quarter of the year 2009. Apple’s gross revenue makes it bigger than a $50B firm.
Apple’s iPod and iTunes outlets have totally transformed how people at present discover, play and buy music. In February for that same year, Apple proudly declared about 10 billion songs being downloaded via the iTunes stores. These really are overwhelming figures indeed. The firm has made an excellent progress ever since it was founded by a couple of shrewd California kids in their 20s who neither did complete their university degrees nor possessed any sort of business expertise. Apple really is a classical instance of just where passion and creativity can take even the most ordinary of people. “We’re betting on our vision, and we would rather do that than make ‘me too’ products”, as stated by this self made modern day billionaire.
Obsessed by Excellence
Steve Jobs is a tutelary. And as well a ‘rough about the edges’ company founder who rattled and shook everyone on earth. He had been ousted from Apple during a darker phase, nevertheless came back later in order to save Apple and take it to even loftier altitudes. For the last 34 years of his life Jobs has indeed seen all of it. He has risen above failed ventures, competitive hurdles, and health concerns to alter how people play, study, work and also entertain themselves. Steve Jobs rejoined Apple in 1996 following a gap of 11 years even as the situation was critical for the company. He salvaged the company from its near collapse with the design of ingenious products such as the iPod and iPhone. He made use of the chance to solidly cement his role as the ‘Oracle of Consumer Gadgetry’.
November 2009 saw Steve Jobs being named as the ‘CEO of the Decade’ by Fortune Magazine. There were great tributes to Steve Jobs as a person who vigorously went after newer prospects and chasing possibilities without being disturbed by the hurdles he faced. Although he has now managed to establish a strong team in Apple, his perception of innovation is of utmost significance to the firm’s achievements. Steve Job’s intense determination and quest for product excellence has now got profoundly rooted in the working traditions of people at Apple.
Pursuing your Heart
Steve Jobs called out to people to not get stuck in a dogma and live with what other people are thinking at his Stanford speech in 2005. “Your time on earth is limited, so don’t fritter it away living someone else’s life”, advises Steve Jobs. Abide by your very own heart and intuition especially when innovating – this is quite simply Job’s mantra for achievements. He continuously and always reminds this to his employees and listeners.
In the year 2005, Apple introduced the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and Video iPod. In the following year, Jobs sold Pixar to Walt Disney for $7.4 billion worth of Disney stock, making him the biggest investor in Walt Disney. The year 2007 saw the launch of iPhone, later followed by its Apps store in the year 2008. Apple has been at the top of Fortune Magazine’s list of its ‘Most Admired Companies’ for three years continuously now – not an easy task!
Steve Jobs integrated digital technology into our rich life experience. His affect on today’s way of life and the people’s approach to modern technology is pretty noticeable. Certainly, he’s amongst the most influential innovators of the 21st century.