The former CEO of the giant technology firm, Apple inc, passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 56, surrounded by his family. He’s believed to be suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had been not keeping well from quite sometime.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve has lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company only that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
–Words on Apple’s site
The inspiration for many and role model to others, this visionary had changed many of their lives directly or indirectly. The gadgets we play around, or use daily, which we have no idea, how it was made, and who planned about it, but still we use for our daily purpose, were most of them were the creative’s of Steve.
Some of the simple but deep quotes made by Steve,
“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.”
-COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 2005
“I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end. It was as though we knew that once it was out of our hands, it wouldn’t be ours anymore. When we finally presented it at the shareholders’ meeting, everyone in the auditorium stood up and gave it a 5-minute ovation. What was incredible to me was that I could see the Mac team in the first few rows. It was as though none of us could believe that we’d actually finished it. Everyone started crying.”
–INTERVIEW WITH PLAYBOY MAGAZINE, 1985
“One more thing …”
-APPLE PRODUCT LAUNCH, JUNE 2011
His innovations and idea’s were not the usual one’s but something that normal person who hardly think of. Every innovation that has come out, has turned out to be a necessary gadget in our day-to-day work. With all the up’s and down’s, weaknesses and strengths, he had faced all the difficult times and happy times, with his all time sweet smile.
The recent decision of him stepping down as CEO, maybe a God given indication to him, that his job, and his work was done in this world, and I dont know, but for sure, he humbly obliged to this call, and made his successor a good and a better start.
As a person I am not sure how he was, what he thought and how he spoke, but by the peaceful death and his success all over, all his love for people and vice-versa states me that, he surely was a wonderful person.
Some of the corporate giants have shared their tribute to this wonderful person.
“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.”
—U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
“Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and friends. The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact.”
—Bill Gates, Co-Founder and Chairman of Microsoft, and Melinda Gates
“Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.”
—Michael Dell, CEO of Dell
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple, and everyone who has been touched by his work.”
—Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft
“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.”
—Larry Page, CEO of Google
“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, Founder and CEO of Facebook
“Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.”
—Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter
Apple has opened an mail box, asking “If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email firstname.lastname@example.org“. Also a website in tribute of Steve is expected to come soon.