RIP Steve Jobs

Social media sites and bloggers are sharing their thoughts and tributes to a true visionary. Last night, Steve Jobs, computing entrepreneur and inventor, and the co-founder of Apple and Pixar, died of complications of pancreatic cancer. As a writer, I have not the skills to pay due tribute to a man I’ve never met, yet had such a huge impact to how I work and live. As a blogger, I can present links to a number of writers and news sources that can give you more information:

The Guardian
The Telegraph
LA Times
NY Times
Time Business
Bloomberg Businessweek

Statements reacting to Jobs’ death were released by notable people including U.S. President Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and The Walt Disney Company’s Bob Iger. Wired collected reactions and posted them in tribute on their homepage

Excerpts from President Barack Obama’s statement:

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. By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

Bill Gates released a statement saying:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. 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 honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Iger said in regards to Jobs:

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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.

American director Steven Spielberg said:

Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said:

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.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said:

People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has stated:

Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.

As a believer of letting art speak for itself when all possible, I share with you a link to video of Jobs’ 2005 commencement address to the students at Stanford. They are inspired words not only for work, but for finding what you love to do.

Steve Jobs not only had vision and perserverance; he lived as an artist.

Thank you, Steve, for building the Apple IIe, on which I composed by Master’s Thesis – and submitted the first computer generated music manuscript to the Bowling Green State University Library. Thank you for leading others to invent all of the tools I now use to keep my work and personal life in balance. That you for sharing inspiring words that I will offer others as long as I have breath.

God speed. ~Silagh White


2/31 – Today’s post as part of the 31/31 post challenge to celebration national Arts & Humanities month