Posts Tagged ‘Steve Jobs’

Bill Gates Likened To Oskar Schindler

June 12, 2012

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

Bill Gates

Steve who? That’s what Malcolm Gladwell says people will be asking in the future when someone mentions the late co-founder and CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs is not even dead a year, and the Canadian journalist and author of “The Tipping Point,” “Outliers” and “Blink” is already saying that the guy who urged us to think different will be lost to history.

On the other hand, Gladwell believes Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be remembered fondly. Actually, that would be putting it too mildly. According to PC Magazine, Gladwell, speaking at a recent engagement in Toronto, “likened Gates’ charitable work to the German armaments maker Oskar Schindler‘s famous efforts to save his Jewish workers from the gas chambers during World War II.”

Although the author did not use Jewish terms like tzedaka andpikuach nefesh, he clearly had charity, justice and the saving of lives in mind when making his off-the-cuff remarks about Gates, who stepped down a few years ago from his position as head of Microsoft to focus on his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gladwell believes future generations will ultimately remember tech giants more for what they gave back to society than for what they achieved business-wise.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


The Spook Show Must Go On

November 1, 2011

As Halloween approached less than a month following Steve Job’s death, I was wondering whether his family would elaborately decorate their house and welcome trick-or-treaters, as was their usual custom.

I happened to pass by their home late in the afternoon yesterday and saw that there was some frantic activity going on, and realized that — yes — they were getting ready for Halloween. So, I went over there with my youngest son once it got dark, and we joined the many other trick-or-treaters there, whose holiday levity was tinged with the weight of a palpable sadness.

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Why I Spent Yom Kippur At Steve Jobs’ House

October 10, 2011

This piece was first published on The Sisterhood blog of the Forward.

I didn’t go to synagogue for Yom Kippur’s concluding services on Saturday afternoon. Instead, I went to Steve Jobs’ house.

I got out of my skirt, put on some sweatpants and biked over to his house, just a few blocks away from mine in Palo Alto, California. There, I joined the crowd that had come to pay their respects to the late technology visionary who birthed and led Apple.

It was strange to see his familiar house, with its rustic brick walls and low-hanging slate roof reminiscent of the Elizabethan-era countryside, turned into a memorial. A corner which I had passed so many times on foot, on bike and by car, was now filled with flower bouquets, cards, posters and other personal offerings like sweatshirts with the Apple logo and used iPods inscribed in Sharpie marker with words of thanks to Jobs. Most poignant were the many apples with bites taken out of them lined up on the low wooden fence surrounding the small apple orchard that stands in front of the house.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.