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KENYA AND THE WORLD IS iSAD: STEVE JOBS 1955-2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

This week saw the passing of Steve Jobs at the tragically young age of 56 after a six year battle against pancreatic cancer.

The newspapers TV and internet have been inundated with obituaries, pictures, films and anecdotes of the man who co-founded and ran the worlds most valuable technology asset…Apple Inc.

The Forum doesn’t want to dwell on the details of his company or his life story, others have already done this much more throughly, we just want to make a general observation.

Steve Jobs didn’t come from an advantaged background, after he dropped out of college he lived off the proceeds of returned Coke bottles and handouts from the local Hare Kishna Temple.

Apple was started in 1976 in a friends garage with only a few hundreds of dollars borrowed from an older colleague. But Jobs had a vision of the future, he had a belief, contrary to thinking at the time, that the computer would become ubiquitous, that form and function were paramount, and above all that computers would become part of the world of media.

By having that vision, and steering everyone in his company in the same direction simultaneously, he drove his company to the world beating enterprise it is today.

The lesson to learn is that all businesses whether in Silicon Valley or in Kenya, need a vision, they need direction and they need someone to lead them, like Steve Jobs, those leaders need the whole gamut of human qualities; a strong will, tact, drive, humour, energy, sensitivity, intelligence and charisma in order to push the business forwards.

So often we see businesses here in Nairobi falter then fail because of a lack of focus. They fail because the founders think their good idea will sell itself,- it doesn’t, they fail because they think that staff will manage and motivate themselves, -they don’t….businesses only succeed when they are driven and steered, and that requires blood, sweat and tears.

Think and act like Steve Jobs did. He’s been an inspiration to us all.

A brief history of Apple products from 1976-present day:



“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me,” Steve Jobs told The Wall Street Journal back in 1993. “Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs:1955-2011

President Kenyatta declared winner.

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