Apple announced earlier today that Steve Jobs has passed away, likely due to complications from his bout with pancreatic cancer. Jobs, at 56, was the once and future CEO of Apple, and his mad spark of genius helped take the company higher than any other.
It is difficult to talk about the life of a man who has left such indelible marks upon the lives of so many people. Even if you aren’t an Apple user, or even an Apple fan, you are using a product that has been influenced in some way by the decisions and innovations of Steve Jobs.
Jobs was a man who lived large, with big risks and even bigger rewards. After leaving Apple, he founded the successful company (NeXT) that would go on to provide the foundation of Mac OS X. He also purchased Pixar from George Lucas, which has been, in its own way, as successful as Apple. After Disney acquired Pixar a few short years ago, Jobs became Disney’s largest single shareholder.
It is a telling thing that the death of one man has seen so many people share their thoughts, experiences and memories. From Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder along with Steve Jobs, to Bill Gates, Jobs’ oftimes rival and friend, to President Barack Obama, to right here, all are feeling some indefinable sense of sadness. The world has lost one of its greatest visionaries, and it’s just a little dimmer for it.
Goodbye, Steve. Your mad spark of genius will be sorely missed.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, 2005
Please read our sister site NotebookReview’s tribute on the passing of a legend, and what it means for the future of the company he created.