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Reflections on the Life of Steve Jobs by Leaders of the Tech Community Including Me

 Steve Jobs slipped away from us, what did he mean to Tech and you?

Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.Steve Jobs

I was deeply saddened by the news that Steve Jobs, co-founder of  Apple Computer, Inc., NEXT Computer, Pixar Entertainment, among other brands had lost his 8 year battle with Pancreatic Cancer and moved on to the next phase of his journey. More than creating great companies Steve Jobs changed the way we live and the way in which we engage with technology to improve our lives.

The news was reported with four simple words “Steve Jobs has died,” and it is fitting that millions learned of his death on a variety of devices that he by large measure created… what a legacy. I do not know much about the private Steve Jobs and will leave it to others more qualified to speak to his personal life. I wanted to share with you here some of the most insightful thoughts and comments I have found in the past few hours since learning of his death. I know you will enjoy these expressions.

 Jack Welch – Former CEO General Electric


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Chris Pirillo – Founder of Locker Gnome and GnomeDex

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Video is powerful and I found these two among the most poignant in expressing the magnitude of loss of such a talent. Here are a collection of quotes that I also found to be moving, powerful, and profound.

What have those who knew him best  and others have said?

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness.”Steve Jobs’ family

“We’ve lost something we won’t get back. The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world.”Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

“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.” (more)  “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.”President Barack Obama

“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.” — Apple’s board of directors.
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates

“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.”The Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger

“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.'”Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter and president Ed Catmull

“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.”News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch

“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.”Dell Inc. founder and CEO Michael Dell

“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.”Google CEO Larry Page

 My final thoughts and Personal Expression

There are thousands of expressions on the internet from people from all walks of life and from around the world. I agree with the view that Steve Jobs was a modern day Thomas Edison and was certainly a once in a generation innovator who transformed every industry he influenced and in doing so changed our world… he made it smaller.

I view his death as profoundly sad given his age and a remarkable life which he might have enjoyed for many more decades. I also recognize the loss of innovation and the thought of what might have been but never will be. His vision, creativity, and influenced are lost to future generations and that loss is immeasurable.

I also wish to offer my personal condolences to Steve Jobs’ family knowing the we have lost much and but they have lost much more. Thank you for the gift you have given the world by sharing his life and talents with us and supporting his desire to make personal sacrifices to fully realize his many visions. I am very grateful.

Please feel free to share this post with others and add your own expressions by scrolling below this post to the comments field. I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences with Steve Jobs and all that he has given you.

Thank you for investing your time by reading my post and have a blessed day!

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