Today we have lost one of the greatest visionaries the computing world has ever known, it was announced that Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has died. Trying to summarize just how Steve helped to shape the technological world we live in today is a task that in the coming days many will attempt, it is no easy feat.
“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.” – Mark Zuckerberg
After dropping out of college Steve Jobs and his partner, Steve Wozniak, founded “Apple Computer” which is now the second largest company in the world. Whether you like Apple and its products or not is irrelevant, Steve Jobs help to build the personal computer industry into the Goliath it is today. While Steve had a reputation as a bit eccentric he was well respected, this is most clearly evidenced in my mind, by the words that his long time business rival Bill Gates had to say as the news broke.
“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.” – Bill Gates
Steve’s influence stretched so far that today companies, who currently compete with Apple from Microsoft to Google, paid their respects, Google went so far as to post on their homepage. The Wired (wired.com) homepage closely resembled Apple’s, with a picture of Steve, and quotes from some of the biggest names in tech.
I have often aspired to be half as successful as Steve Jobs, and while I have never had the pleasure of meeting him, I cannot help but to share the sentiment that so many have expressed today, Steve will be missed.
“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 are with his family and the whole Apple family.” — Larry Page (Co-Founder of Google)