Behind great companies stand great people. People, whose decisions have the power to bring a business to the top of the food chain, or set it ablaze leaving nothing but ash. These are the people we will be honoring today, and the most significant, most influential individual among them will be presented with our “Person of the year” award.
Today, we are looking for a person who is far more than just hardworking and dedicated. The winner in today's category should serve as an example of how a company should be operated and should be an inspiration to free-thinking individuals. They also need to have proven that they are capable of making the right choices in the right moments.
By the way, we have already announced the winners in nine other categories, so in case if you have missed any of them, feel free to take a look.
Even though he is no longer among us, Steve Jobs will always be credited as the genius, whose ideas changed the smartphone industry. He was the one responsible for the existence of the iPhone and the iPad, both of which are devices praised by millions of people worldwide. He was the one who lead Apple on its way to becoming one of the most valuable companies in the world today. He was the one who revolutionized personal computers and portable media players by making them fun, beautiful, and easy to use. Undoubtedly, the legacy of Steve Jobs will live on for generations despite the unfortunate event of his passing, which is why he well deserves to be pronounced “Person of the year”.
Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, is the man who we should thank for having Android today. His endless efforts to keep the platform on track are the reason why the little green robot is present on millions of smartphones and tablets worldwide, and over half a million new ones join the party every day. Of course, coordinating the development of Ice Cream Sandwich is another feat he is credited for, and the results from his great work are yet to be felt with the platform's expansion.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, deserves to be mentioned today for bringing the Amazon Kindle Fire to the market – a game-changing product that proved that a great tablet does not need to be expensive. Thanks to its $200 price tag and broad range of features, the slate has been selling by the boatloads putting its pricier counterparts to shame. Not to be forgotten is the Amazon App Store, which opened for business under Mr Bezos' guidance and quickly became one of the hottest alternatives to the Android Market.
There you go, folks! Steve Jobs wins our “Person of the year” award, followed by Andy Rubin and Jeff Bezos. However, the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are not over yet, and the most exciting categories have yet to come. Stay tuned, as the next one will be announced no later than tomorrow!