In comparison with other wealthy business executives (Warren Buffett, Bill Gates), Steve Jobs has been criticized for his lack of philanthropy. An insightful article at the Harvard Business Review blogs argues, however, that the world would be worse if Jobs had been less devoted in his efforts at Apple.

Think of the value that Steve Jobs has brought to the world: the iPod, OS X, the iPhone, the iPad, iTunes–technology that is beautiful, functional, and easy to use. Pixar films (Toy Story, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Up) are among my family’s favorites–and probably yours, too.

Can business do something that charity can’t? It’s a compelling argument, and it’s safe to say that, in many ways, Steve Jobs has done things that others couldn’t, didn’t, or wouldn’t.