Your visionary leadership in the world of technology has had a profound impact on my life. I sincerely thank you for dedicating your life to showing the world that user centric design matters, great marketing and positioning is crucial to a technology's success, and having the guts to take a controversial stance to drive change pays off. Your 1997 WWDC Closing Keynote (below) was truly awe inspiring and clearly set the tone for things to come. You taught me that being different doesn't matter, being the best is all that matters. You gave me the confidence to challenge the status quo, take big educated risks with big upsides, and follow your passions wherever they may lead you.
Your endless drive and crystal ball-like wisdom have helped to shape my core philosophies. You will be sorely missed.