RIP, Steve Jobs

The most influential innovator of our time has passed away. Perhaps Apple said it best: “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.” Tim Cook later released a more elaborate statement, saying:

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 rememberingsteve@apple.com. 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.

I can say without a doubt that without Steve Jobs, Hardin DD would either not exist or would certainly not bear any resemblance to its current form. That goes for countless others who also work in both the tech industry, and the world in general. We were truly privileged to be alive to witness how the world changed due to the work of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and the other innovators who competed to shape technology and the society that depends on it.

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One Response to “RIP, Steve Jobs”

  1. Jon

    Some great thoughts on Steve in an article written for ESPN by Lance Armstrong:

    Steve bought more time than anybody could have ever imagined. He was diagnosed in late 2003 and given three to six months to live. And yet, he lived eight more years. More amazing, in the time he bought, Steve Jobs did the finest work of his life — a life filled to the rafters with fine work. He introduced the iPhone. He introduced the iPad. All after being given a window to die.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/id/7068774/lance-armstrong-writes-friendship-steve-jobs

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