Steve Jobs passed away last night after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Steve died peacefully, surrounded by his family. The announcement was appropriately made by 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,” a brief statement by Apple said.
Jobs came from humble beginnings, born on February 24, 1955 to Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali. Since the couple was unwed he was put up for adoption and raised in California by Paul and Clara Jobs. He showed a keen interest in electronics at a very early age. In 1976 Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak opened Apple Computer Company. The rest is history. The company went public in 1980 and in 1984 introduced the iconic Apple computer. A comprehensive biography on Steve Jobs life can be found on Wikepedia.
Steve Jobs was an avid fan of the Beatles stating that they are his business model.
“My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”
Red State published the following tribute to Steve Jobs:
“Steve Jobs died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 56. Founding NeXT would have been enough to turn anyone into a cult hero in his field. Acquiring Lucasfilm’s Graphics Group and turning it into Pixar would have made anyone a respected business leader.
But for Steve Jobs, those were feathers in his cap called Apple, the company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak, and then later saved from extinction by returning to lead it again. He led Apple to its point today as the most valuable corporation in America, measured by public market capitalization. To do that, Jobs had to beat Microsoft and he had to beat IBM. He won in the end.
Far from just a visionary, people from Apple have always said he was a hands-on leader, who had a personal stake in the success of the company and of the products he helped create. Apple ][. Macintosh. NextStep. iMac. MacOS X. iPod. iPhone. iPad. Jobs leaves behind an incredible legacy, and his death will be felt by his industry, and the world. RIP