The State of the State Conference is all about celebrating California's ingenuity and creativity. So it was only fitting to kick off the day with a moving video tribute to the greatest California innovator of all time: Steve Jobs. (Skip to 16:30 into the overview session to see it.)
It's hard to remember now, but not so long ago, technology was an ugly and uninviting world. Jobs waved his magic wand and changed all that, making technology accessible, fun and -- above all -- beautiful. He went one better than Santa Claus, appearing in his trademark black turtleneck and blue jeans every year with a new toy that we never even imagined could exist.
We won't see the likes of Steve Jobs again in our lifetimes. But the unbelievable ecosystem of innovation he helped to shape lives on in Silicon Valley, and it continues to keep pushing the envelope and shaking up the way we do things.
Because of Jobs, California attracted Mark Zuckerberg. And because Jobs showed us what was possible - because he challenged us to think different - there's probably another young genius at work right now on the next dazzling invention that will revolutionize the way we look at the world.