So long, Steve Jobs.

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I’m sad to hear that Steve Jobs has died. We will all miss his influence on our industry and the world at large.

Steve’s life taught me some useful lessons, such as the myth of the great idea and not waiting to do important things. Here is some advice Steve shared at a Stanford commencement address. I wish I had heard this advice when I was in college. I would have dropped out sooner!

I’m reminded of the song “So long, Frank Lloyd Wright” by Simon & Garfunkel. As a little kid I listened to it all the time. It made me sad, but somehow that ache felt good. I didn’t know who Frank Lloyd Wright was or how Paul Simon knew him, but I liked the idea of reminiscing about someone who made the world a better place.

It turns out that Paul Simon didn’t know Frank Lloyd Wright. As a kid I enjoyed the song as a simple metaphor, that’s all it was, and that’s why I’m going to listen to it right now as I take a few minutes to remember Steve Jobs.

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About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.

One Comment

  1. RobertL October 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    That was a great speech.

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