I’m feeling more emotional today than I thought I would. Today is Apple’s 40th birthday and I sit here reflecting on what that means to me on the bus heading in to work.
I feel an immense sense of gratitude and appreciation for this company. This affection and admiration started when I was a teenager and has only continued since. Apple is a company that still fundamentally believes in their mission to make the world a better place. This has been shown to be even more true once I joined the company and am on the inside.
I used to be afraid of corporations leading the world and taking on a bigger role than they should. I still am, I suppose. But Apple has shown me that this fear can sometimes be relaxed. That some can have grander goals that coexist with the traditional ones of being a large business. Their work on the environment, their unwavering defense of civil liberties, and desire to mesh technology and art are noble goals that make me want to work even harder to help continue this company’s mission.
I’m proud to work at Apple and hope to make some small difference in the work we do here.
Here’s to the next 40 years.