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Steve Jobs' Legacy ... Your Thoughts?

Patch would love to hear from any locals who either worked for Apple during its early years, made a living via Apple products or even worked an an Apple Store. How will you miss Steve Jobs?

You might be reading this story on a MacBook Pro, an iPad, or the Patch app on an iPhone. If so, you owe thanks to Steve Jobs.

Jobs, who stepped down as the head of the tech company in August, was 56 years old when he died Wednesday. Bay Area friends and admirers of the former Apple CEO were quick to share condolences and opinions about Jobs' place in the history of American business, computer science, marketing and innovation.

Do you have any thoughts you'd like to share? Feel free to add a comment below.

"Steve Jobs was a giant in the world of technology and established  the Bay Area as a global center for innovation," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

"Steve was a true visionary who brought out the best in others," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

Dozens reportedly gathered in San Francisco's Mission Dolores Park for an impromptu "iPhone vigil," which was promoted on social media websites.

"Come, turn up your brightness, and remember, together," the Mission Dolores
Park Facebook page said.

Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook were awash with  messages from Jobs' fans. The twitter trends #ThankYouSteve and RIP Steve Jobs were filled with words of thanks, mourning, and favorite Jobs quotes.

President Obama released a statement this evening saying, "Steve  was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it."

"Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world," he said.

— Bay City News Service

Sean Nolan October 06, 2011 at 10:01 AM
A lot of what is being said about Steve Jobs borders on hagiography. Things will settle down. Franklin, Edison, Jobs, my ass. It's not like he invented the computer.
nzee October 06, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Every major news media report on Steve Jobs untimely death praises his genius and creativity. Millions of people worldwide mourn his death. I never met Steve, but I have owned many of the products he developed and also sell them at one of the Apple stores. His genius was a combination of Einstein and Picasso. He saw things differently and translated them so we all could have access to what he saw.
Craig Belfor October 06, 2011 at 02:22 PM
In 1986 my secretary was found guilty of embezzling me. I bought a Mac, and have done my books ever since. Only when I incorporated did I let someone else do my taxes and payroll. Steve Jobs gave me control of my business and life.
hope herndon October 06, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I feel that I have just lost a best friend. My world was expanded. My friends were now within my life's circle even when they were far, far away. I cannot imagine what life would have been without his presence in this world. Hope Herndon
Thomas October 06, 2011 at 09:33 PM
This is pretty on spot. A lot of cult-of-personality going on about Jobs for some time and more so now upon his passing. He always knew how to use that idea to further market Apple products. Sort of a mythology of "Jobs". Just look already at some of the comments even here, and of course they come from people sort of new to tech or are not really savvy in that arena - which is right where Apple sold well. Apple is less a tech company than more a retail consumer electronics company playing in the middle space of content distribution. Granted, he was a pioneer and shrewd business man that deserves credit for changing Apple, and moving an industry, from just a PC company to a major consumer tech services organization with a wide breadth of offerings. An Einstein, an Edison, a Franklin? I doubt it, and for sure that is for history to resolve over time. First and for most Job's was a great business leader, marketer, and organizer. He also personally seemed to be a good person who also was dedicated to good causes and his family. It is sad for anyone to lose their life with so much time still it would seem to live.
Kathleen October 07, 2011 at 02:39 AM
I grew up in Sunnyvale, just up the street from Scotty, one of the first CEOs of Apple. We used to call Cupertino "Appletino" because everything was turning up Apple. Don't try to figure out if he is Edison or anyone else, just know he had great insight into what truly matters in life and how to get the most out of life and be happy.
Wayne Chinapen October 07, 2011 at 04:36 AM
Well, I am someone who currently works for Apple on a contractual basis, and have for the past couple of years (crazy as it may sound, I drive there every day). I work in the Graphic Design department, and have worked directly on the presentations that Steve Jobs would make for product launches, etc. I am very familiar with the Apple product line, the history of the company, and I met the man briefly only a couple of times. I did, however, hear a multitude of stories about him from employees who have been with the company for a long time. To those who balk at the suggestion that he is in the same league as various historically significant figures, I ask you why? My work has taken me all over the world, to Asia on multiple occasions specifically for Apple, and the die hard following that Apple has is mind boggling. You would not believe the demand for anything Apple in Asia. There are parts of the Apple that, if looked at separately as individual companies, would be in the fortune 500 on their own. They revolutionized the retail market, and have taken over the phone and tablet industry (though there really isn't a tablet market, just a battle for 2nd place). They didn't invent the tablet, but their interpretation of a previously ineffective concept has literally taken over the world. Apple has the ability to create products and user experiences that remain unmatched. I don't have enough room to finish, but rest assured that I am just fine with the comparisons.
Wayne Chinapen October 07, 2011 at 04:54 AM
Um, I'm not sure who you have been listening to or reading, but I have seen none of this suggested hagiography. The man was a pioneer, and a once in a (insert term for a ridiculous span of time here) talent, but I wouldn't call him a saint. Just ask anyone who worked with him... He may not have invented the computer, but he definitely altered the way you interface with one in a major way.

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