Apple’s Core: Steve Jobs, Remembered


Apple announced the death of Steve Jobs yesterday with a classy homepage tribute and these words: “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.”

Apple’s board added in a separate statement, “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.”

Among the many other moving tributes to the Apple co-founder’s legacy:[more]

President Obama: “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.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft: “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.”

Larry Page, Google: “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.”

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev: “People like Steve Jobs change our world. My sincere condolences to his loved ones and to everyone who admired his intellect and talent.”

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder: “People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself.”

Steven Spielberg: “Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.”

Mark Zuckerberg, 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.”

Paul Allan, Microsoft: “We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”

Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter: “Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. RIP SteveJobs.”

Om Malik, GigaOM: “Steve was my secret muse. Trust me — he is a secret muse to many of us in the valley. Mark Zuckerberg. Jeff Bezos. Dave Morin. Jack Dorsey. We are all part of the tribe called Jobs. There is a whole generation of entrepreneurs who ask themselves this one question –- what will Steve do. Natch. What would have Steve done!”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy: “His capacity to revolutionize entire sectors of the economy by the power of imagination and technology is a source of inspiration for millions of engineers and entrepreneurs across the world. His efforts to render new technologies more attractive and simple to use have made a success of businesses that have changed the world of computing, the distribution of cultural content, telecommunications and even animated cinema.”

Masayoshi Son, Softbank: “Steve was truly a genius of our time, a man with a rare ability to fuse art and technology. In centuries from now, he will be remembered alongside Leonardo da Vinci.”

AOL founder Steve Case: “I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages.

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp.: “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. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment.”

As for fans, many of whom are mourning on their Facebook, Twitter and blogs today, October 14 is officially “Steve Jobs Day” and people are encouraged to dress in Jobs’ signature jeans and black mock turtleneck and use Facebook and Twitter to share thoughts. “We planned this the day he retired and announced it in September,” the group wrote on a Facebook page where people can RSVP to “attend” the day. “It was intended to be a celebration of his life. Not a memorial.”

And below, one of the most passed around (and quoted) clips on the web today — Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University: