In the first rush of memorials, people are comparing Jobs to Henry Ford (industrialist), Thomas Edison (inventor) or Walt Disney (media). But there’s also a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright in there. All these men had imperfections, and greatness. But Wright’s were, imho, more Jobsian than the others.
“He’s so wonderfully prickly and famous for bursting into any house he built un-announced - just come in with a troop of people and show them the house, rearrange the furniture. He would even sneak into the houses to rearrange the furniture when the owners were away,” T.C. Boyle wrote of FLW, but it also describes how early Mac developers felt after demoing their products for Steve.
To both Jobs and Wright the people who used their products were not as important as the computer or the building. More than the thing itself, what mattered to Wright, and I think what mattered to Jobs is the integrity of his vision. In a way it was a shame that the vision had to be instantiated.
Of course that’s what made their ideas so great and influential. Among the many Jobs quotes worth remembering, and quoting — Artists ship. I agree. And when you ship, along with the vision, comes reality. And then you learn and ship again.