Many people around the globe learned the sad news of Steve Jobs’s death via MacBook. Glowing warmly in our laps, we read about his losing battle with pancreatic cancer and watched an overwhelming worldwide reaction of sadness and grief. Loyal Apple fan or not, one cannot ignore the incredible contributions which Jobs has made in the fields of technology, film and design. President Obama may have captured the sentiment best by stating that 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 which he himself invented.
Jobs has left a legacy of inspired innovation and we have decided to pay our respects at Heavy Chef by taking a moment to review his famous 2005 Standford speech as well as the kind words which industry leaders have offered in the wake of his passing.
Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs, told the LA Times: “People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.”
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook posted on Facebook: “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.”
Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, posted on Google+: “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.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, was quoted by Tech radar as saying he was “truly saddened” to hear of Jobs‘ passing and saluted the “profound impact” he had on the world, “the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.” He added: “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Tim Cook, current Apple CEO, wrote in an email to Apple staff on Wednesday: “Team, 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 build, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Barack Obama released a statement on the White House website shortly after Jobs‘ death that said: “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.”
Setting out to make a dent in the universe, Steve Jobs has managed to revolutionize technology while inspiring millions around the world. He has left a legacy of action, propelling us to stay hungry, think differently and to use his products for continued innovation.