These are truly sad days for Apple fans. We all knew that Steve Jobs was ill. He was not able to beat his cancer as we all had hoped. But his legacy as an innovator and master marketers is to be cherished. Many celebrities, CEOs, and politicians have already reacted to Steve Jobs’ passing last night. Bill Gates had this to say about Steve:
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.
He was not the only one to react to this tragedy. Facebook, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and many other tech companies mourned the passing of a legend. President Obama, who disclosed he had gotten an iPad 2 from Steve Jobs before it was even announced, released the following statement:
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.
Steve lived the life he wanted. As Michael Arrington said, he really lived. He left us with many memorable moments and devices that changed the tech industry. Here are 3 videos to remember Steve by:
Steve Jobs, like many other successful people, failed a few times but succeeded in the end. His Stanford Commencement Address is still legendary:
Steve Jobs was not loved by everyone but he was respected by friends and rivals. This video tribute puts his career in perspective:
Apple will be fine after Steve Jobs. He has set the right culture for the company. The company will continue to shine but Steve will be sorely missed.