We all knew it was coming, but I'm still bummed about Steve Jobs' resignation.
When everyone else was giving book reports on Joe Montana and New Kids On The Block in middle school, I gave mine on 'The Journey is the Reward', a 440 page tome about my hero, Steven P. Jobs.
As a kid, I got to hang out at NeXT as often as I wanted (and I wanted to a lot!) for a few years when +Chris MacAskill
ran Developer Relations for Steve. Watching him up close and personal as he inspired his team of brilliant wizards to build what would later become Mac OS X and iOS was a dream come true.
It's been a life goal of mine to build something people are insanely passionate about, the way Steve has. And I've always wanted to have a chance to talk with Steve about it.
I've been lucky enough to chat with Steve a few times over the last few years (once in a very public forum immortalized on YouTube: Steve Jobs at D8 - Announcing WiFi Syncing
), but I've never had the chance to talk to him about SmugMug. I know he's used it, which warms my heart, but it's beginning to look more and more like I may never get the chance to talk to him about it the way I've always dreamed.
SmugMug owes its success to hundreds of passionate employees, past and present, and millions of amazing customers. But we wouldn't have built it this way without Steve's example - so it owes a considerable amount of that success to him, too.