Most of us went to sleep yesterday with the discouraging news of Steve Jobs’ death, and as this day also dies, it became necessary for us to present our tribute to the man who has been an inspiration to every designer. There was a gloomy cloud of uncertainty since his resignation as CEO of Apple, but although we knew there were complication, did not expect such ending. However, he did not need to die to be a legend. His stubbornness and magic were the fuel, and his creations the road to greatness.
So we wanted to collect these reactions from friends, partners, apprentices, technology leaders and even former competitors, none of them escaping from the category of admirers. RIP, Steve Jobs: as other geniuses, you walked a short but awesome road..
“More than an apple, a lamp and some machines, Jobs was creativity and inspiration, but above all, the ceaseless concept that one passionate mind can change the world”
Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-founder
“People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.”
Kevin Rose, Founder of Digg
“damn.. damn.. damn.. RIP Steve Jobs apple.com/stevejobs/” (Via Twitter)
Gina Trapani, creator of ThinkUp
“Glee star and iPod ad silhouette dancer @iharryshum‘s Steve Jobs story http://bit.ly/r4jbQA” (Via Twitter)
Tim O’Reilly, Founder of O’Reilly Media
“Heard this from @mg over dinner.Great eulogy: RT @mg: RIP Steve Jobs. You touched an ugly world of technology and made it beautiful.” (Via Twitter)
Bill gates, Co-founder of Microsoft
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely. http://b-gat.es/qHXDsU” (Via Twitter)
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of 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.” (Via Facebook)
“RIP Steve. If it wasn’t for Mac I probably would have never touched a computer.” (Via Twitter)
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
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.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”
(Mail to employees)
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.” (Via Microsoft News Center)
Larry Page, Google CEO
“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. 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. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.” (Via Google+)
Sergey Brin, Google Co-founder
“From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met. On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.” (Via Google+)
John Warnock, Adobe co-founder
“We met Steve Jobs about 3 months after we started Adobe. He called us and said: ‘I hear you guys are doing great things – can we meet?’ He came over to our tiny office in Mountain View and saw the early stages of PostScript. He got the concept immediately and we started about 5 months of negotiations over our first contract. Apple invested $2.5 million into Adobe and gave us an advance on royalties. This allowed us to help Apple build the first LaserWriter. Without Steve’s vision and incredible willingness to take risk, Adobe would not be what it is today. We owe an enormous debt to Steve and his vision.
We have always had great admiration and respect for Steve. The world is a better place because of him, and his absence will leave a huge hole in the world of technology.
We will miss him greatly.” (Via Adobe)
Om Malik, Founder of GigaOM
New morning, old tears, same old tear in my heart. god i wish it was the day before. #SteveJobsRIP (Via Twitter)
Chris Anderson, Founder of TED
“He fused and transformed Technology, Entertainment and Design like no other, the ultimate TED hero. #ThankYouSteve” (Via Twitter)
Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter
“Thank you, Steve.” (Via Twitter)
Jerry Yang, Co-founder of Yahoo
“Steve was my hero growing up. He not only gave me a lot of personal advice and encouragement, he showed all of us how innovation can change lives. I will miss him dearly, as will the world.”
Darren Rowse, Founder of ProBlogger
Trey Ratcliff, Founder of StuckInCustoms
The internet has a melancholy about it. So do I, and maybe you too.
So, this is just a small thing, but we are going to postpone the live event till an upcoming evening. Anyway, I’m sure you understand… and soon enough we will get back to the ways of art, romance, humor, people, and the richness of life. (Via Google+)
Bob Iger, Disney CEO
“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed and the culture he defined. Steve was such an ‘original’, with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.”
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
“Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards.”
Dick Costolo, Twitter Chief Executive
“Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.” (Via Twitter)
Ed Catmull, Pixar President
“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. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”
Paul Allen Microsoft Co-Founder
“My condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and friends. 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.”