The visionary and hard-driving executive Steve Jobs, 56, has passed away yesterday, the 5th of October 2011. Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, and also a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company.
Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 which was considered the world’s first personal computer, the Apple II. Jobs built Apple into the world’s leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone.
In 2004 an unusual form of pancreatic cancer was found, but he beat it back. In 2009 he was forced to get a liver transplant. After several years of failing health, Steve Jobs announced on Aug. 24, 2011 that he is resigning from his position as Apple’s chief executive. But he remained as a chairman of the corporation, which was a new position created just for him.
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Steve Jobs was said to be one of the great innovators in the history of modern capitalism, and his work has changed how we consume content in the digital age.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” says the text in Apple’s website. “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.”
Even White House and Steve Jobs’s rivals in the development of personal computers reacted also immediately to his death.
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs,” was said in President Obama’s written statement. “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.”
Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates wrote in his statement that “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.”
I want to share a video from Steve Jobs speech for the Stanford University graduates in June 2005, “How to live before you die”.