You don't need to look far to see the influence Steve Jobs had on this world. In our office, you can see his influence everywhere. There are Macbooks all around. People swipe in and out of their iPhones at lunch, during meetings, at their desks. You see the analysts listening to their iPods as they crank out the latest report. Some people bring their iPads to meetings to take notes.
But Steve Job's legacy is more than the products he built. For many of us, Steve represented what was possible. What we can do when muster up the courage to stand for something we believe in. When we saw him on stage in his black turtle neck, jeans, and sneakers we knew what he was about to introduce the next best thing. He gave us hope. And he inspired us to do better.
You can see this inspiration in the countless number of articles over the past two days that celebrate his life. From Bill Gates, to Larry Page, to Marc Zuckerberg, you can see how much of an influence Steve had not just on all of us, but on the leaders of the tech world as well.
But in remembrance, we want to be close to those we've lost. We want to hear their voice, see their smile, feel their excitement.
Video does this. And you can see it in the surge in views to Steve's many videos across the Web.
In September, his Stanford commencement address from 2005 averaged 2,000 views per day. Yesterday, these clips saw over 8 million views. His product presentations over the years, ranging from iPods, to iTunes, to iPads, to iPhones, to Macs, and more, collected nearly 24,000 views per day in the same time period. Yesterday, these clips saw over 6.8 million views. His interview alongside Bill Gates at All Things Digtal 5 generated over 11,000 views daily in September. Yesterday, it jumped to over 850,000 views.
While Steve may be gone, we'll always have these memories to come back to when we need a bit of wisdom, inspiration, and foolishness.