Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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A word from our owner, Bob Mahnke:

It’s hard to envision some of the accomplishments of Steve Jobs.
As Graphite – Apple Specialist, embarks on our next phase of growth – the opening of a new retail location – one of the many accomplishments that was credited to Steve Jobs really jumped out at me, as I was watching the media coverage of his passing. Not the iPod, or the iPad, the Macintsosh itself, or even the magical iPhone. It was the astonishing fact that he started Apple in a garage, and within 2 years, had 4,000 employees and 2 Billion dollars in sales. I can’t fathom how you add 4,000 employees in two years. That is 10 employees every single day!

I have had the opportunity to be in the same room as Steve on several occasions, at Dealer briefings during the annual pilgrimage to MacWorld.
His presence in a room was electrifying. I have vivid memories of those discussions, and how much respect he garnished the minute he walked in the room.

We all have a lot to learn from Steve Jobs; his style, his charisma, and his genius. We will continue to enjoy the gadgets that have changed our lives for better and for worse. I doubt Steve actually conceived the notion of the iPod or the iPhone. I was lucky enough on one occasion to visit the sacred and secretive halls of Apple’s R&D building. There are a lot of brilliant minds constantly developing products and most of them never see the light of day. Whether he had any of the ideas for the products that he is credited with creating or not, his brilliance has been in guiding the development, the manufacturing, the mystical secrecy, and the unbelievable success that crosses multiple industries.

No question, Steve Jobs has changed our world, and today I’m sad, yet proud that I was a believer in Apple from the beginning. We’ve endured the dark years, when Apple was nearly bankrupt, and have been with them as they have become the most powerful company on earth viagra express.
Steve Jobs legacy will be with us for many years to come, and our country needs more visionaries like Steve Jobs. One company – that created 4,000 jobs from a garage in two years. Makes our next phase seem pretty easy.