Regardless of your views on Apple as a company or its philosophies, it’s hard to argue with the impact that Steve Jobs had on the world of technology. Apple has released some of the most innovative and polished products over the past 35 years and Steve Jobs has had a direct influence on many, if not all, of those products. His influence is also apparent in the film industry, thanks to his involvement with Pixar Animation Studios. His passing away yesterday, October 5, 2011, is a dark moment in the technology world and the world in general, and will cast a shadow for quite a while. As I was processing the news of his death, I started thinking of ways to remember Steve as a technology innovator and mentor. This post is an effort to list some recommendations.
Watch Pirates of Silicon Valley, an entertaining and informative movie telling the story of the founding of Apple (and Microsoft) and the interactions between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, primarily
Listen to the related episode of Buzz Out Loud, CNET’s technology podcast, for a poignant show including call-in remembrances and retrospectives
Read the reactions from President Obama, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and others
Listen to or watch Steve’s heartfelt and moving 2005 Stanford University commencement speech
Watch Toy Story, the first feature-length Pixar movie, and The Pixar Story, a documentary telling the story of Pixar