“Steven Paul Jobs, the legendary Apple boss who set the company on its course to becoming the world’s most cash-rich company before passing away three years ago Sunday, is often lauded as a technology visionary,” Alex Fitzpatrick writes for TIME Magazine. “But really, it was Jobs’ business acumen that made him not only a genius, but also a legend.”

“Indeed, Jobs’ drive to ‘sell a few,’ as Woz put it in a 1983 TIME story, resulted in products that utterly changed the world into which they were introduced: The Macintosh, the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad,” Fitzpatrick writes. “If you were able to put up with Jobs’ demanding ways of doing business, Apple wasn’t a bad place to be, even back in ’82. ‘From the start,’ as TIME said, ‘the Apple team did almost everything right.'”

Read TIME’s first cover story about Steve Jobs, from February 15, 1982, here.

MacDailyNews Take: We miss you, Steve!

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. – Steve Jobs

“Steve Jobs” by Diana Walker (born 1942) / Digital inkjet print, 1982 (printed 2011) / (Diana Walker - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Diana Walker; © Diana Walker)

“Steve Jobs” (1982) by Diana Walker, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)