“Steve Jobs gave the best performance by a CEO in 50 years, maybe 100 years.” That’s how Google‘s Eric Schmidt assessed the career of Apple’s Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday. Schmidt, of , served as the CEO of Google as it became one of the great corporate success stories in American history. Yet history will agree with Schmidt’s assessment of Jobs. Not only did the Apple CEO create a company worth some $350 billion, he also changed the way Americans think about computers and, indeed, how they think about their .
To computer technology, known for its arcane complexity, he brought simplicity. To an industry known for its geeky/ugly functionality, he brought beauty. To a new generation of work-at-home-work-at-Starbucks creators and entrepreneurs, he brought a new kind of creative grace.