Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Many others will say it better than I, but I will miss Steve Jobs. Not because I knew him, but because of his influence on the products I've used daily since 1981.

He inspired people to give their best. The people who worked for him at Apple created the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac OS X, and more—each arguably the best product in its category. He pushed them (perhaps mercilessly) to pursue excellence and—as seen in his presentations—he gave credit where credit was due.

Steve went out at the top of his game. Recently, Apple briefly surpassed Exxon as the world's largest company and listed more cash reserves than the U.S. Treasury.

Two of my favorite quotes of his tell how he got there: "The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." —Stanford University commencement address, June 2005 "It's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important." —The Seed of Apple's Innovation, Business Week, October 12, 2004

Thank you, Steve, for inspiring me.