“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

The passing of Steve Jobs yesterday, October 5th, is a moment to be marked in entrepreneur and innovation’s history.  Learning the news last night, his commencement speech of 2005 to Stanford was how my day started this morning.

The speech is 15 minutes long and it is well worth your time.  You can watch it here.

Everyone knows that Steve Jobs started in a garage and worked his way up to being CEO of Apple, an amazing company that is worldly known and greatly successful.  Innovation: “since Windows just copied the Mac.”  Dedication: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  And so much more.

What can we take away from this man?  It’s important to make new paths.  A college “drop-out” who became a college “drop-in” to the classes he wanted to take instead of the ones he was supposed to.  It is the duty of innovators, to entrepreneurs to take a risk, or manage that risk, and do something different.  That something different may change everyone’s daily lives in the future.

AirPatrol will not be in the hands of middle school children hiding in the back of the classroom and listening to the latest hit song.  But AirPatrol will be in the corporations that are looking ahead and imagining the future dots of the security ecosystem that will soon be connected.  We may be new, we are definitely different, and different is good.  Different is how improvement is made.  We are unique.  Check us out and see how we can connect the dots of the future.

Thanks, Steve.