Steve Jobs, computer revolutionary and co-founder of Apple, died today at the age of 56. Disruptive influences in any industry is critical for innovation and he truly was that catalyst for the personal computing movement. Without his vision we may still be using text/keyboard interfaces to perform our daily work. He made technology stylish to the point where it has become a fashion accessory – just think, without him we probably would be touting CD based music players and phones that barely could keep track of your event calendar.
Steve recently stepped down as the CEO of Apple and replaced by Tim Cook in August of 2011. His announcement to the company is simple and elegant:
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.
We’ll miss you Steve.