Seven years ago today, Steve Jobs stood on stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and unveiled the iPhone.
Breaking! Apple Introduces Innovative Cellphone: http://t.co/SWfx5uKixJ (Well, not really breaking, but fun to read 7 years later.)
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 10, 2014
An iPhone is a fairly common sight today, but the video of the event captures just how unusual iPhone was compared to smartphones from Motorola, Blackberry, Palm, and Nokia. I was carrying a Motorola Razr at the time and would later replace it and my Palm PDA with a Palm Treo 680.
The same week, a slightly less revolutionary development was taking place. At the lowest point in my career, my friend Eileen King had faith in me and introduced me to the team at Dataspace, a business intelligence consultancy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I can’t remember if I grasped the significance of it all at the time. But looking back, what seemed like a low point became a dramatic turning point.
Seven years later, Motorola has been acquired by Google, Palm by HP, Nokia by Microsoft, and Blackberry by… Well, let’s just say nobody wants to purchase Blackberry. And I now carry an iPhone 5.