His genius was felt in so many ways, but most specifically in consumer electronics, perhaps the most difficult area of contemporary business. By all accounts he wasn’t an easy man, but most all geniuses are that way. They know what they think, and more often than not their vision is correct and their thick-headedness borne out. What’s most sad is how we’ve lost several decades of a potential career of genius. Doubtless there are other great people at Apple as there are at a thousand other great places. But true genius is hard to find.
Well, he didn’t make the films, though he was CEO of the company (Pixar) that did. When he was kicked out of Apple in the 80s he started NeXT, which eventually became Apple’s OS X, and bought Pixar from George Lucas for a pittance. It was his taste and design sense that went into picking the film subjects, artists, directors, writers, etc. Eventually he sold Pixar to Disney so he could focus more on Apple, though he remained (IIRC) Disney’s largest single shareholder because of the sale.
(And for several years he was BOTH CEO of Pixar AND Apple ...)
Sad news, and Jobs was creative, he did some good work. But genius? He can be counted among the innovators, but most of the innovations in the Mac products are due to the work of thousands of people who make the microprocessors, the peripherals, the screens, the firmware/BIOS/software, accelerometers, etc. Chemistry and physics are behind all of it. I don’t really understand why he gets special attention. He does have fans it seems. :shrug: Oh well.
Sure, even the campesino somewhere in Columbia who grew the coffee beans used to make coffee for those who work at Apple played a part in the creation of the iPhone. But it took a genius like Jobs to bring them all together. The same thing as with Ford, for example.