Time Magazine, in its ever-endearing lists features, recently ran one which named Steve Jobs as one of the 20 Most Influential Americans of All Time.
Chronologically ordered, the list included some of the greatest Americans ever known to be, with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King Jr and Muhammud Ali also included in the list.
With Job’s story taking root with how he started Apple, his endeavors in setting up a brand name in a garage, while bigger corporations were in the process of developing more specialized and featured machines, continues to inspire other inventors into honing what they are creating.
Founding Apple with Steve Wozniak, the duo managed to come out with the Apple II, which was eventually followed by the Macintosh computer system line, which sported a graphic user interface which is now a given basic when talking about computer systems.
From there, Apple’s rise into becoming an “alternative” to the then-staple Windows Operating System became evident, and as year 2000 came about, its position as a developer of quality mobile gadgets and features-driven computer system line became concrete.
Though criticism over Apple’s products have brought many to term its overall operational scope as “holding consumers hostage to all that is Apple or Mac”, Jobs’ undeniable marketing and advertising sense is one which has caused shifts in the old school norms of how a corporation is run.
That plus that fact that Apple was, at one time, at risk of folding, puts Jobs in the list. After all, there aren’t that many people who could pull something like being close to the edge of going bankrupt, only to jumpstart into an industry leader a couple of years after.