mathowie: When he stepped down a couple months ago, I was really surprised by how much people talked about him as if they were giving a eulogy and I kept thinking "why is everyone acting like he's dead, he beat pancreatic cancer several years ago, he might be ok now" and I really believed he would pull out of this again (the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only like 4% and he did it) so I'm kind of surprised he went so quickly.
"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. "
Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.
Steve Jobs, billionaire co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionised computing, telephony and the music industry, has died in California at the age of 56.
reflecting the markets' faith in the company he built and the man he chose to take over
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
— Steve Jobs
Stanford University Commencement Speech
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Liz Buyer: You approached the same opportunity so very differently. What did you learn about running your own business that you wished you'd thought of earlier by watching the other guy.
Bill Gates: I'd give a lot to have Steve's taste. [laughter] Not a joke at all. He has an intuitive taste for both people and products [...]
Steve Jobs: Because Woz and I started the company based on doing the whole banana, we weren't so good at partnering with people. The funny thing is that Microsoft is one of the few companies we were able to partner with that actually worked for both companies [...]
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But at the time anyone affiliated with an educational institution could get one for half price.
It is a very dismal business when a great personality dies and the world scrabbles about for comment, appraisal and judgment. I have been asked in the last 24 hours to appear and to write and to call in to join in the chorus of voices assessing the life and career of this remarkable man. But what was Steve Jobs? He wasn’t a brilliant and innovative electronics engineer like his partner and fellow Apple founder Steve Wozniak. Nor was he an acute businessman and aggressively talented opportunist like Bill Gates. He wasn’t a designer of original genius like Jonathan Ive whose achievements were so integral to Apple’s success from 1997 onwards. He wasn’t a software engineer, a mathematician, a nerd, a financier, an artist or an inventor. Most of the recent obituaries have decided that words like “visionary” suit him best and perhaps they are right.
Henry Ford didn’t invent the motor car, Rockefeller didn’t discover how to crack crude oil into petrol, Disney didn’t invent animation, the Macdonald brothers didn’t invent the hamburger, Martin Luther King didn’t invent oratory, neither Jane Austen, Tolstoy nor Flaubert invented the novel and D. W. Griffith, the Warner Brothers, Irving Thalberg and Steven Spielberg didn’t invent film-making. Steve Jobs didn’t invent computers and he didn’t invent packet switching or the mouse. But he saw that there were no limits to the power that creative combinations of technology and design could accomplish.
Apple User Acting Like His Dad Just Died
“Shellshocked” is exactly the right word.
At a lunch recently , I found myself sitting next to a Telefónica executive in Mexico, where iPhones and Androids haven't really taken off yet. We struck up a conversation, and I was showing him the Foursquare iPhone app (I work at Foursquare). He said the app looked cool and asked me what carriers we had deals with. When I said we didn't do deals with carriers–that we just developed for platforms and ran on any carrier–his eyes widened a bit. Then he asked me how much we had to pay each time someone used the geolocation feature. (Telefónica in Mexico provides a geolocation service on their phones, but they charge consumers for every use.) When I said we didn't have to pay, that it was provided by the platform and for free, he was visibly shocked.
It was an interesting reminder of what carriers in the US used to take for granted not too long ago, and of everything we as consumers and developers take for granted now.
In the last year of his life, he studied a book of paintings by Mark Rothko, an artist he hadn’t known about before, thinking of what could inspire people on the walls of a future Apple campus.
[It] not only examines how his talent, style and imagination have shaped all of our lives, but the influences that shaped and molded the man himself. The documentary takes an unflinching look at Jobs' difficult, controlling reputation and through interviews with the people who worked closely with him or chronicled his life, provides unique insight into what made him tick.
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