Here’s to the crazy ones.

In 1976, the year before I was born, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computer.

My mom purchased a Macintosh Plus computer in 1986. In 1991, mom bought a Quadra and I got the Plus.  The Plus saw me through high school and my freshman year of college, when mom got a Performa and I received the Quadra.

Because of my knowledge of Macs, in 1995 I got a college job in the Mac lab.

Because of that job, in 1996 I became a Computer Science major.

Because of my CS major, in 1998 I got a summer internship in Silicon Valley.

Because of that internship, in 1998 I started dating a guy named Peter, who worked at Apple.

Because of dating Peter, in 1999 I got my motorcycle license.

Because of my Apple connections, in 2000 I became employee #17 at a small start-up called Danger Research.

Because of, well, my life up to that point, in 2009 I became an Apple employee.

On June 6, 2011, in what would be his final presentation, Steve Jobs demoed iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

This incredibly terrible screen capture is of one of my proudest professional moments: Steve on stage at WWDC, talking about the iOS 5 Setup Assistant, which was one of my projects.


We launch iCloud in 7 days and I hope it would have made Steve proud.

If he hadn’t founded that little company 35 years ago, in all likelihood I wouldn’t be living in the Bay Area, wouldn’t be riding motorcycles, wouldn’t have met or married my amazing husband, wouldn’t have spent my whole career with truly inspiring and brilliant and wonderful people.  The entire fabric of my life has formed the way it has because of Apple.

Thank you, Steve.  God bless.


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8 Responses to Here’s to the crazy ones.

  1. Red says:

    RIP. 🙁 I think most of us tech geeks are in mourning tonight.

  2. Mike says:

    I met one of my best friends (to this day) in 1979 because his dad had just paid $3,000 for a brand new Apple II+ with a thermal printer. We spent many years playing around with and programming on that machine. Steve Jobs has been woven into the fabric of my life since I was 9 years old. (I’m 41 now.)

    My parents had John Kennedy to look up to as their hero. I had Steve Jobs. I’ve cried a fair bit tonight. The outpouring of emotion stunned me, until I realized that a part of my childhood, my teen years, indeed – my life – died today as well.

    God bless you Steve Jobs. You will be missed by so many for so many different reasons….

  3. april says:

    RIP Steve Jobs. You will be missed.

  4. Tom says:

    Thanks for your words. I’ve been a Apple user since there were Lisa’s in the computer lab at University of Michigan in 83′. I’ve been a Mac/Apple user since. Interesting it seems a lot of people I follow on my RSS feeds are associated with Apple products as users or as creators. Funny how we seem to migrate together.

    Steve Jobs was a great leader and creator. Thanks for your insight as to how he affected your life.



  5. Jan says:

    I am surprised by the depths to which I am broken up about this. I just feel so sad.

  6. Born in 1984, I’ve been a Mac addict since I could reach the keyboard. I started with my Mac Plus, worked my way through a few models, then when Steve announced the iMac, I got one as fast as I could. Fast forward 6 years. Before most people knew what an iPhone was, I was telling family and very close friends about “this device that didn’t have any buttons, but did everything you wanted.” Little did I know it was bound to be a phone.

    I loved Apple, back when a person was mocked for not having a PC, and I still love Apple. Some may call me a fanboy, the product line justifies that. Over the first 27 years of my life, I spent countless hours reading about Steve and his vision. Having never personally met, I’m still surprised how broken up I was when hearing of his passing. I think I’m going to miss Steve the most because of his insight and passion.

    I know Apple will do great things without Steve. Regardless, it doesn’t change the desire I have that he was still with us.

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