Remembering Steve Jobs

Remembering Steve Jobs

Since the time of Steve Jobs' passing yesterday, numerous statements have been issued by friends and rivals, by presidents and popular cultural icons alike. There have also been some remarkable stories shared. We'll collect them here, and please add any we might have missed, along with your own, in the comments below or in our forums.

Stories

Be sure to click/tap the names to read the full stories.

Walt Mossberg of All Things D, on his many conversations with Jobs:

Sometimes, not always, he’d invite me in to see certain big products before he unveiled them to the world. He may have done the same with other journalists. We’d meet in a giant boardroom, with just a few of his aides present, and he’d insist — even in private — on covering the new gadgets with cloths and then uncovering them like the showman he was, a gleam in his eye and passion in his voice. We’d then often sit down for a long, long discussion of the present, the future, and general industry gossip.

Brian Lam, former editor of Gizmodo, on his regrets surrounding the iPhone 4 prototype:

Steve, a few months have passed since all that iphone 4 stuff went down, and I just wanted to say that I wish things happened differently. I probably should have quit right after the first story was published for several different reasons. I didn't know how to say that without throwing my team under the bus, so I didn't. Now I've learned it's better to lose a job I don't believe in any more than to do it well and keep it just for that sake.

Harry Knowles of Ain't it Cool News on being personally converted to Mac:

I would get periodic calls from Steve asking how the computers were working. I'd complain about the problems with expanding hard drives and program compatibility issues. Never really saying, IT JUST WORKS. I just never felt I could give him that. I miss some of those fights with my early computers. Yes, its nostalgic masochism. But I really don't. I'm a total convert.

Statements

Apple

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple:

Team,

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.

Disney/Pixar

John Lasseter and Ed Catmull Chief Creative Officer and President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.

Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney

“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined.

Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.

With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.

US Government

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. 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.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Microsoft

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

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.

Google

Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google

I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family.

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

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.

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

Today is very sad for all of us. Steve defined a generation of style and technology that’s unlikely to be matched again. Steve was so charismatically brilliant that he inspired people to do the impossible, and he will be remembered as the greatest computer innovator in history.

Carriers

Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T

We are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was an iconic inventor, visionary, and entrepreneur, and we had the privilege to know him as partner and friend. All of us at AT&T offer our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife, family, and his Apple family.

Competitors

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia

Steve’s passion for simplicity and elegance leaves us all a legacy that will endure for generations. Today, my thoughts, and those of everyone at Nokia are with the friends and family that he leaves behind

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-CEOs of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion

Steve Jobs was a great visionary and a respected competitor. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and to all of the employees of Apple.

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell

Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.

Meg Whitman, CEO of HP

Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world.

Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony

The digital age has lost its leading light, but Steve’s innovation and creativity will inspire dreamers and thinkers for generations.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards.

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Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp

Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life.

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook

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.

Rene Ritchie

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I think Oct 5th should be Steve Jobs Day, all the Apple stores should have its employee wear "Black Turtle Necks and Blue Jeans" to honor there Fallen Leader Steve Jobs

If everyone agrees then you all should like it, maybe it will get noticed, i have posted it on FB and Twitter maybe somebody will take it to the top

Was sort of thinking the same thing. Any iphones after the 4s (or after the iphone 4, really) probably won't be seen as innovative or mind-blowing, if anything because Steve won't be there to introduce it.

Steve touched so many hearts in so many ways with his brilliance in his field. I think it would be appropriate if Apple considered re-branding iPhone 4S to iPhone 4SJ (iPhone "4 Steve Jobs"). It was the last Apple product he lived to see unveiled. RIP Steve.

I don't think it's a coincidence that the two summers Steve was on leave Apple came out with only "S" versions of their existing phones. Steve seemed to really care about pushing things forward while maintaining a high level of aesthetic design and ease of use. In the words of Jeff Bezos, "today is a sad day for anyone who cares about innovation and high standards."

The Thomas Edison of our generation. He will be greatly missed. Thanks for your visionary and genius Steve. You are the reason technology thrives today.

While I never knew him personally, I've followed his every announcement for the last 4+ years. His motivation, his personality, his love for what we all surround ourselves with every day, was simply unmatched and awe-inspiring. I feel like I've lost a friend, not just my idol. May you rest in peace, you'll be greatly missed, Steve.

Its not often you are able to equate a product you use to a person. Especially when a product like the IPhone, IPad and IPod changed how we do things. Although I never met him I could see the passion in his products. When he stood on stage you could see how animated he was about he created. I could only image when he was in the garage with Woz and they turned on their first PC. The look in his eyes and feelings that came with it. I'm sure he continued to feel that way each time his visions came true in his products. I believe may of us mourn him because we felt like he enjoyed giving us products we would enjoy. Thank you for all that you gave us. You have truly changed the world. Thank you.

Steve Jobs was one of the guiding forces that led me into a career in technology. 25 years later, I really haven't had a bad day - Until yesterday. R.I.P. Steven Paul Jobs.

I don't think that I could really tell you how I feel about Steve Jobs without sounding like a stalker! LOL! To me he was the most brilliant man that ever lived! He saw the potential in things that we all brushed off and he presented them to you in a way that made you see them as magical! He was Peter Pan, Einstein, and a fierce leader all rolled up into one man who had the passion and drive to force his will through a wall thicker than this world! He made me believe in myself! How can you not miss that?! I wasn't going to cry about this but then my wife did and that made it impossible not to. When you see a man face immeasurable odds and beat them down like a Los Angeles gang innitiation then there can only respect and admiration. I will miss you Steve! And I am not the only one!

steve jobs was an amazing man, no matter what anyone says he pushed the computer industry forward, people who hate the iphone are stupid because without it phones would be alot different today, so would tablet computers, so would normal computers and mp3 players

This is the reason why they didn't update the iPhone with an iPhone 5.
iPhone 4Steve!!! Thank you Mr. jobs for basically giving free macs to all the schools in LAUSD in the 90's. Because of this, most students who grew up using macs are now in their adult years still supporting, using and implementing Apple products in their daily lives.
Genius! Mr. Jobs. Genius!!!! He planted the apple seeds when no one even noticed he was grooming us to love Apple Products. Again, thank you Mr. Jobs. Eventhough Apple products are pricey, it's good to know they are still functional for many years down the road. The only problem is we just tend to fall in love with that "one more thing." RIP Mr. Jobs! aka iCON!!!

Now I believe this is the reason why they didn't replace/update the iPhone 4 with an iPhone 5. iPhone 4Steve!!! Classy Apple, Bravo!!!
Thank you Mr. jobs for basically giving free macs to all the schools in the LAUSD in the 90's. Because of this, most students who grew up using macs are now in their adult years still supporting, using and implementing Apple products in their daily lives.
Genius! Mr. Jobs. Genius!!!! He planted the apple seeds when no one even noticed he was grooming us to love Apple Products. Again, thank you Mr. Jobs. Even though Apple products are pricey, it's good to know they are still functional for many years down the road. The only problem is we just tend to fall in love with that "one more thing." RIP Mr. Jobs! aka The iCON!!!

why has larry ellison not said anything yet? as one of steve's best friends i want to now what he has to say

Now I believe this is the reason why they didn't replace/update the iPhone 4 with an iPhone 5. iPhone 4Steve!!! Classy Apple, Bravo!!!
Thank you Mr. jobs for basically giving free macs to all the schools in the LAUSD in the 90's. Because of this, most students who grew up using macs are now in their adult years still supporting, using and implementing Apple products in their daily lives.
Genius! Mr. Jobs. Genius!!!! He planted the apple seeds when no one even noticed he was grooming us to love Apple Products. Again, thank you Mr. Jobs. Even though Apple products are pricey, it's good to know they are still functional for many years down the road. The only problem is we just tend to fall in love with that "one more thing." RIP Mr. Jobs! aka The iCON!!!

Jobs never made public donations and was not involved in any form of public philanthropy, if he did it, it was all anonymous. A public donation like this would be a disservice to his memory.

I guess God needed a new phone and decided to call the best of the best to invent it!
R.I.P. Steve Jobs, one of the greatest men who have ever lived. I hope you can continue to do what you love and innovate the afterlife as much as you have innovated this life. I hope to meet you some day in the afterlife, when are you free in 2090? :)