When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at age 56 Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, his death did not come as a surprise. People around the world nonetheless seemed stunned at the loss of one of the most creative tech geniuses ever known.
Everyday Joes and Janes are burning up Facebook and Twitter with tributes to Jobs. Many are even changing their Facebook profile pictures to images of Jobs at stages in his career, or variations on the Apple logo. Others are quoting him.
Even President Obama took the time to address the life and times of the tech icon.
"By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity," Obama said. "By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the 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."
Tech Titans Speak Out
Jobs' colleagues also spoke with praise. Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates met Jobs 30 years ago. Gates described him as a colleague, competitor and friend over the course of half their 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," Gates said. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor."
Google CEO Larry Page expressed his thoughts on Google+. He called Jobs 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," Page said. "His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me."
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, kept his words few: "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."
Among his many accomplishments, Jobs also launched Pixar, the movie studio behind such classics as "Toy Story" and "Monsters, Inc." John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Disney, and Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, offered a joint statement:
"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer-animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA."
Learning from Jobs
So what can the technology industry learn from Jobs? And did Apple's executives catch the spirit that made Jobs so legendary?
"Steve had an incredible eye for detail and an ability to see things holistically at the same point," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner. "He understood and was able to articulate the big picture, concepts like the PC as the media hub or the transition of the PC to the cloud. These were things that others may have discussed, but he was able to take those ideas and translate them into concrete products with incredible attention to detail."
Gartenberg points to the iPod as an example. Apple wasn't the first company to build a digital music player, but Apple built what the market perceived as the best one and then proceeded to dominate the music player industry, as well as the digital music industry. Gartenberg, for one, believes Apple will fare well in the future, despite the loss of its iconic CEO.
"People often confuse or misconstrue or too tightly put Apple and Steve Jobs together," Gartenberg said. "There is more to Apple than Steve Jobs. One of his greatest legacies will be the management team that he put in place to lead the company when he was no longer CEO."
a kind word!:
Posted: 2011-10-21 @ 10:55am PT
His garage should be made a listed building, saying a combination of Buzz Lightyear and Woody worked here. Bless him!