Apple website's tribute to Steve Jobs.
Apple’s corporate statement announcing the death of Jobs was brief: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
Cook mourned Jobs’ death on Wednesday: “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.” Techcrunch posted Cook’s email to Apple staff. You can read it here.
Obama: Jobs was brave, bold, talented. The death of Jobs has shocked and saddened the technology world. But it is not only leading figures in Silicon Valley who have paid tribute. US President Barack Obama led the chorus of tributes to Jobs, who is counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation: “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. 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.”
“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”, Jobs said during the Stanford University commencement ceremony in 2005, which was reported by Al Jazeera. Reuters collated a selection of quotes from the late Jobs which you can read here.
Gates: Insanely great honour to know him. Microsoft Co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates, who had known Jobs for thirty years, said: “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 honour.”
“For me, Jobs deserves recognition as one of the greats because he didn’t just have one very big success, he had a whole series. Very unusual”, tweeted BBC Radio 4 Today Programme presenter Evan Davis.
Murdoch: Greatest CEO of his generation. “Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation”, insisted Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation. “While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionising the way people consume media and entertainment.”
Zuckerberg: Thank you. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, thanked Jobs for his help: “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.”
The Daily Telegraph’s respected football journalist Henry Winter tweeted: “RiP Steve Jobs, 56. Apple founder, innovator supreme. His legacy is all around. He helped build the stage for Twitter to shine.”
Apple tribute. Apple transformed its home page into a tribute to the companies’ co-founder. The firm posted a large black-and-white photo of Jobs in his trademark black turtleneck and small round glasses after the announcement of his death.