Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

The world is somber in the wake of Steve Jobs’s passing last night. Jobs had a rare form of pancreatic cancer, which is thought to be the cause of death.

Jobs once said, “We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much, if at all.” In Jobs’s brief instant, he created an internationally renowned brand for which he will go down in history.

Yahoo! Finance economics editor Daniel Gross wrote, “Under Jobs, Apple simply created a bunch of really cool products that people decided they needed to have. And have again.”

Jim Corrigan, author of Business Leaders: Steve Jobs, wrote, “His remarkable accomplishments have earned Steve Jobs a place among America’s premier business leaders.”

International leaders the world over have lamented the death of one of the brightest men of our day. “Steve Jobs transformed the way we work and play,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said. French President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledged, “As inspired as he was inspiring, Steve Jobs will remain one of the great figures of our time.”

But no eulogy can be more striking than that of Apple.com’s:

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 have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Steve Jobs, check out  Business Leaders: Steve Jobs by Jim Corrigan, a Morgan Reynolds title. (ISBN 9781599350769)

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Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” -Steve Jobs’s advice to Stanford’s 2005 graduating class

Steve Jobs in 2010. Photo credit: Matthew Yohe.

Last week, Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, Inc. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation, “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Former COO Tim Cook has taken over as Apple’s CEO, and Jobs will now serve as the company’s Chairman of the Board. Jobs’s resignation is due to health issues.

In his letter of resignation, Jobs wrote:

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

The Wall Street Journal reports, “The announcement likely marks the end of one of the most extraordinary careers in U.S. business history.”

Jim Corrigan, author of the Morgan Reynolds title Business Leaders: Steve Jobs, wrote, “Jobs’s most admirable quality is the bold persistence with which he pursues objectives. He never gives up, no matter how difficult or tenuous his situation.” And he hasn’t given up on Apple. As chairman of the board, Jobs plans to remain active in the company, all the while watching it grow and flourish.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Steve Jobs, check out Business Leaders: Steve Jobs by Jim Corrigan (ISBN 9781599350769).

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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