The world is in shock over the passing of Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs. It's not only the average consumer that is feeling the loss of a legend, but rivals of Apple and his contemporaries too are feeling the emptiness. Here are some of the tributes posted by authors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, etc. paying tribute to the man that revolutionized technology.
The web community pays their respects
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has passed away at 56
“Steve has had a profound effect on the world of technology, both at Apple and through his many other endeavors. Our thoughts go out to his family.”
- Tim Stevens – Engadget
Steve Jobs Is Dead
"Our world will be less interesting, less exciting, and less meaningful without him.
Goodbye, Mr. Jobs. We will miss you so very much."
Rival Samsung pays tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
"Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur. His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world.”
G.S. Choi - Samsung
Steve Jobs: Goodbye to an Icon
"It felt like I’d been slapped in the face. There it was: On Twitter. In my email. On a phone call. Steve Jobs, the tech industry’s one true icon, was gone — taken from us far too soon, at the age of 56. Eventually, the talk will turn to what’s next for Apple, and how Steve’s absence will affects the company he built. But for now, I will remember Steve Jobs on stage pausing just a moment, smiling wryly at the crowd, saying “and one more thing.” One more thing that will never pass this way again."
- Lance Ulanoff – Mashable
Apple’s Steve Jobs Dies at 56
“What he had was an appreciation of technology’s elegance and a notion that computers could be more than a hobbyist’s toy or a corporation’s workhorse. These machines could be indispensable tools. A computer could be, he often said, “a bicycle for our minds.” He was right -- owing largely to a revolution he started.”
- Jim Aley – Bloomberg
Google's Sergey Brin offers his sympathies
"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."
- Sergey Brin - Google Co-founder
Zuckerberg's mark of respect
"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."
- Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
“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.”
- Steve Ballmer CEO, Microsoft
The Steve Jobs I Knew
“A historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford, and set the mold for many other corporate leaders in many other industries.”
- Walt Mossberg – All Things D
To end it, this is what the man, Steve Jobs, himself had to say about death.
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."
- Steve Jobs
Published Date: Oct 06, 2011 12:04 pm | Updated Date: Oct 06, 2011 12:04 pm