Jean-Louis Gassée: Memories of Steve Jobs and his legacy

“Four years ago, on October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs left us,” Jean-Louis Gassée writes for Monday Note.

“His demise triggered an outpouring of grief that’s rarely seen for political and religious leaders, let alone a mere CEO. Within minutes — literally — flowers and testimonials began to pile up at the door of his neighborhood Apple store in Palo Alto and, soon, around the world,” Gassée writes. “At the time, I felt that the breadth and depth of the sentiment was justified. There had never been such a successful company turnaround, such a string of successful products, such an arc of personal transformation from unruly young man to Grand Master of Management.”

Gassée writes, “Four years later, I’m still moved by the reaction to Jobs’ death, and I wouldn’t change a word of what I wrote at the time.”

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  1. Steve’s legacy is burnt into me, I think about his philosophy, his mantra every day I wake up on this planet.

    All the best Steve, and thank you for everything you did in your short time on this planet. Love ya, always will. X

  2. Jean-Louis Gassée is one rare Apple heavyweight, a moralist but one who who paradoxically doesn’t weigh in on the Steve Jobs movie “controversy.” He says it’s because of his relationships with others in that sphere that he prefers to demur. I respect that. It reminds me of a family inheritance dispute that can lead to years-long estrangements—at the point that a key family member dies, effectively, a network node with its complex system of constraints is removed from the family tree. And the other nodes exhibit behavioural extremes as the system adjusts to a new equilibrium. Namely, the dirty laundry is publicly aired out, for the aggrandisement of the airers. Jean-Louis steps back from all that, and I salute him for it.

  3. The Pope canonized Fr. Junipero Serra even though Serra sliced the Achilles tendens of Indians who refused to submit. A Papal representative said something like, “corruption does not exclude a person from sainthood.” Christopher Columbus cut off an indigenous person’s hand and tied them around his neck to communicate to his Indian slaves that laziness will not be tolerated. The US honors him on Columbus Day.

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