Sioux Falls, SD
The innovations from computer pioneer Steve Jobs touched everyone, from the most to the least wired among us.
A Sioux Falls businessman is reflecting upon the creative genius of the co-founder of Apple, who died Wednesday at the age of 56. The owner of Mac Pros had a front-row seat to one of Jobs' crowning achievements.
The work day took on a somber tone at Mac Pros with word of Jobs' death.
"I owe my success here and I owe my livelihood to Steve Jobs and everything he's created," Mac Pros owner Gary Rensch said.
Rensch attended the 2007 convention in San Francisco where Jobs unveiled one of his signature inventions: the iPhone.
"When I got to the auditorium, it was hard to find a seat and I saw one pretty close up front," Rensch said.
It turns out, Rensch's seat selection to that exclusive gathering put him in the middle of the Apple elite.
"He decided to thank all of the developers of that product and so he had them all stand up and everybody in my vicinity stood up. I had sat myself down right in the midst of all the actual iPhone developers there; I probably wasn't supposed to sit there," Rensch said.
Rensch says Jobs took a backseat to no one in combining creativity with business savvy. Rensch does not believe Jobs' death will have a negative impact on his business here.
"Things have been going for Apple up and up; they're firing on all cylinders and it's going to be a great holiday season," Rensch said.
While Rensch looks forward to the future, he also looks back with gratitude upon the career of a true visionary who placed so much technology at our fingertips.
"Thank you, Steve, for making all this possible, letting us earn a living in the way that we really enjoy doing," Rensch said.
While Rensch expects Apple to continue to do well in the next three to five years, he says you can't lose a man of Jobs' stature without leaving a large void within the industry.
In a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Jobs' spoke about his early life and left students with a powerful message. Click on the video player below to watch that speech.