Over the next several days, the media will be filled with tributes to Steve Jobs, and rightly so. Jobs, who died Wednesday at 56, was arguably the most influential innovator of our times. His achievements were so broad and profound, but consider for a moment what Jobs meant to financial services. When you realize that Apple never targeted a single product at the financial services sector, it is amazing just how influential Jobs and Apple have been in our little corner of the technology world.

Innovations pioneered by Jobs have changed the way advisors practice. Although there were always a small minority of advisors who used Macs in their practices, over the last several years virtually every financial services firm has been altered in some way by the products Jobs developed. 

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