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October 05, 2011 | By Barry Moltz

My Friend, Steve Jobs

I never met Steve Jobs or talked to him on the phone.  I never exchanged emails with him or interviewed him on the radio.  But when I heard he died, it was felt like I had lost a close friend.

I grew up with Steve Jobs in business.  I remember my father buying the first Apple II home computer that was available.  From the sidelines, I cheered Steve’s successes (Returning to Apple, MacIntosh, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, MacBook, and the iPad) and even mourned his failures (fired from Apple, The Newton, Lisa, and Next Computers).  I admired Apple coming back from having to take money from Microsoft and Bill Gates to being the most valuable company in the world.

Having worked for IBM in the 1990’s, I grew up on DOS and Windows Computers.  Apple was the other guy until I bought my first iPod.  Steve got me.  My sons all wanted MacBooks for their computers.  When it came time for my wife to have a new computer, I bought her an Apple.  When the iPhone came out, I successfully resisted it…but only for a year.

Now I cheer every Apple innovation and new product.  My family would visit an Apple store just for the fun of it.  More importantly, I cheer Steve Jobs for the impact his genius had and how much fun all of his products are to use.  RIP Steve Jobs.  We will miss you in this world.

Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.

6 Responses to “My Friend, Steve Jobs”

  1. Jamey Firnberg says:

    I feel the same way, Barry. I started with the pod. Then the phone, then the pad, then the air, and finally the big mac. More to come. I was sad to hear of Steve Jobs died.

  2. You said it right Barry…like always! T

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