How Steve Jobs Impacted me
While many people are saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs, it goes just a bit deeper for me
In 1992 I was at a small consulting company that resold software, Bluestone Consulting. Mel Baiada was the owner and founder, and was famous for dropping lots of articles on my desk that were interesting. One day he dropped a video tape of Steve Jobs demoing Next. It was an over-reaching workstation/operating system/development environment. But it had the by now familiar Steve Jobs elegant simplicity.
The part that fascinated me was a demo of him dragging and dropping a database object like last_name onto a graphical object like a text field for the last name. Of course Jobs made the demo cool by dragging and dropping graphical objects like a person's picture onto the screen. Then pushing a button and magically it was an application. Users of the application could type in a last name and do a search of the database and poof – that person's information would be there, including their photo.
At the time we were reselling a product called UIM/X which allowed developers to create the user interface for an application, much like half of what Next did. We had also started reselling a product called dbViewer, which provided a quick way to retrieve information from a database. "Borrowing" from the Steve Jobs video, I decided we needed to create our own product to do the same thing. Mark Nigro and Scott Pennell joined the company and created the first version of this product.
Shortly after the World Wide Web started (1994-95), we created a totally new version of this product called Sapphire/Web – a visual tool that created one of the first application servers in the market. That product grew and Bluestone Software eventually spun out of Bluestone Consulting, provided hundreds of jobs and opportunities for people. Many of those people have gone on to create many more products and services that have created many, many more jobs and created lots of market value.
That whole chain of good things happened because of Steve Jobs. All of my personal career good fortune goes back to that video. I am convinced I would not have had the career success I've had without Steve Jobs.
Thank you Steve.