Steve Jobs died at 56 years old yesterday from complications of pancreatic cancer. Steve was the charismatic pioneer and innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store. He had resigned as chief executive of Apple in August, after struggling with illness for nearly a decade, including a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and a liver transplant six years later.
From Apple’s Page
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.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, a former Apple board member, called Jobs the best CEO of the past 50 years — perhaps 100 years.
“His ability to always come around and figure out where that next bet should be has been phenomenal,” Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates
Steve plucked Apple from near-bankruptcy 15 years ago and in August of this year turned it into the most valuable company in the United States passing Exxon.
Jobs has been an enormous benefactor to the human race; his creativity, genius and innovation has created enormously useful tools that we’ve all benefited from in any number of ways, from consumer friendly personal computers to smartphones with web surfing to iPod’s that allow you to carry a lifetime’s worth of music and entertainment. It’s hard to believe the empire he’s leaving behind got started in a garage back in 1976. And it boggles the mind to try to imagine what he might have come up with in the next 10-20 years, had his health been better.
This massive tragedy has literally robbed humanity of decades more of Jobs’ creative genius.