Steve Jobs, one of the most innovative and inspiring businessmen of our time, passed away last evening. Although he only lived to the age of 56, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple, pioneered the personal computer industry, and changed the way people view technology by creating products at the “intersection of art and technology.” His incredible leadership and innovative products at Apple caused the company to become a household name with a market value of $350 billion.
Although Apple did not specify the cause of death, Mr. Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant in 2009. Over the past several years, Steve has had to take several medical leaves related to his health. In August, Mr. Jobs stepped down from his role as CEO and appointed Tim Cook as Apple’s new chief executive.
The Apple website has a famous picture of Mr. Jobs and the following statement:
“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.”
At a commencement speech in 2005, Mr. Jobs said the following concerning death:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
Apple is asking for “thoughts, memories, and condolences” to be sent to the following email address:
Steve Jobs influenced the entire technology industry with his products, innovation, and passion. Rest in peace, Steve.