OC Register, "What the world is saying about Steve Jobs"
With the death of Steve Jobs, America has lost not only a business and technology genius but a larger-than-life figure who changed the way we live. Jobs defined what it means to be an entrepreneur--to possess the vision, resolve and toughness to create one of the world's most successful companies, yes, but also to create a culture and image that have become synonymous with all that is cool about technology. And he did more. He taught us quintessentially American lessons: about rising from modest suburban roots, about failure and second chances, and about never losing sight of your dreams.
In the article below, leaders and luminaries talk about what Steve Jobs meant to them. These include Henry Nicholas, who knew and worked with Jobs. Dr. Nicholas describes Jobs' "unique genius," his relentless pursuit of perfection, and how Jobs made Broadcom "a better company".
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Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.
Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January – his third since his health problems began – before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple’s chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.
The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one in a procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company.
Statement from Apple:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former Broadcom CEO:
Steve was simultaneously a leader, a business man, a technologist, and an artist. No CEO has ever combined all of those attributes. Through sheer force of will, Steve used technology as a weapon to forge world-changing consumer markets out of nothing. Steve helped make Broadcom a better company. We partnered with him to deliver the world’s first integrated WiFi, the world’s first integrated bluetooth, and the world’s first gigabit ethernet. I could call him in the middle of the night and he could call me, which he did, usually demanding perfection. The world has lost a unique genius who can never be replaced.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO:
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.
President Barack 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.
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