The Co-Founder of one of the Biggest companies in the world called Apple Passed away on Today (5th October 2011), Steve Jobs went by many names the Inventor, the Innovator, The Entrepreneur, the Leader even the Dictator (by Non-Apple Fans) but one thing Every agrees he was the best at what he did when he did. From two guys in garage to a Multi-Million dollar company that has more money then the US government itself.
Steve Jobs was 56 which is not a very old age in the present time. Jobs suffered a number of serious health issues over the years. In 2004, he announced he had a rare — but treatable — form of pancreatic cancer … and had a tumor successfully removed from his pancreas later that year. In 2009, Jobs received a liver transplant after announcing his “health-related issues were more complex than I thought.” Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene, and 4 children.
I was Last August when I wrote about the Journey of Steve Jobs from where he started and where Apple is today here (Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple – A Look Back at an ERA), and in the end we had wished he good health but little did we know that his Health would deteriorate so quickly and such tragic event will happen.
How Did Steve Jobs Die?
Steve Jobs has been fighting pancreatic cancer for the last few years and has had stints on and off from his work as CEO of Apple. Yesterday he succumb to the sickness and peacefully passed away in comfort from his family (at his home). In 15 years Steve Jobs has taken the brand we take for granted today, Apple, from close bankruptcy and a struggling computer business, to the highest earning tech company today. He has made the brand the most sought after, and the most cool brand. If you have a Macbook, or an iMac, an iPhone or and iPad, you have likely done so for the feeling of exclusivity and the cool factor.
Known as a hard ass and a tough boss, Steve Jobs made many unilateral decisions in his career, and for good measure. One thing that he was known for was not looking in the past to try to determine the future. He believed that you could not achieve true innovation by looking at an innovation that had already taken place. Being copied and being emulated is far more telling than copying something and making it better.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to Apple staff, which reads:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Tributes to late Apple co-founder come flooding in.
The following are responses from technology and political leaders following the death of Apple Inc. co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs:
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates:
“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
“Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Bob Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney Co.:
“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined.
“Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.
“With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.”
Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell Inc.:
“Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.”
Google Inc. CEO and co-founder Larry Page:
“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc. CEO and founder:
“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo Inc. and Autodesk Inc.:
“It’s the ultimate sadness. First of all, it’s a young person who was revered, sometimes feared, but always revered. In a way, it’s kind of prophetic; everyone was hoping he could be on stage yesterday” during Apple’s iPhone announcement.
“He was a very special person, and he didn’t get to where he was by having people like him all the time. He got to where he was because he had a vision and a purpose. It’s easy to try and please everyone, but he kept to his principles.”
Netscape co-founder and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen:
“Steve is the best our industry ever produced–I don’t think anyone will ever match his accomplishments.
California Gov. Jerry Brown:
“Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish. Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives. Anne and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Steve’s wife, Laurene, and their entire family.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor and Hollywood actor:
“Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us.”
Thanks You Sir for Doing What you Did as you touched moved and inspired many like me to think differently, to never give up and Doing what makes us happy and not what the world would have wanted us to be like. You may no longer be with us any more but your memory will be with us always. We Have Created a Facebook Page for the Legend that was called Steve Jobs, Please Like the Page to show respect and Honour