|Steve Jobs in 1981|
Jobs' instincts and insight were as close to prophetic as any 20th Century CEO could hope for. Example: even as "desktop publishing" was supplanting traditional typesetting in the 1980s, Jobs was telling reporters that the phrase was merely transitory. He was right, of course; it was merely a temporary label ushering in a new paradigm.
Here is what Bill Gates had to say about the passing of Apple's cofounder:
Other reactions, from Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg and the cofounders of Google are here.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.
Correction: Larry Ellison has not yet made a statement about the passing of Jobs at the above link or anywhere else. Last summer, MacWorld excerpted part of a San Jose Mercury News interview with Ellison, who talked about Jobs, even then gravely ill:
The most poignant reaction was from Jobs' business partner and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, who, after Jobs stiffed some key Apple employees in its IPO, gave them 1/3 of his own stock.We almost decided to wear T-shirts: "The Mercurial Steve Jobs" and "The Arrogant Larry Ellison."Steve Jobs is my best friend, and I love him dearly, and he is one of the most remarkable people on this planet. You watch him create Apple, then in one of the worst human-resources mistakes in the history of Silicon Valley — the only thing worse was when the French fired Napoleon — they fire Steve Jobs and Apple almost completely disintegrates. Then he comes back and he saves a company that was on life support.
I never see this quoted about Steve, but they once asked Andy Grove who he most admired in the PC industry, and he said, "One guy: Steve Jobs. He invented the PC industry."
You know, we live in a very egalitarian world. We don't like heroes. And Steve is one of these heroic guys whose accomplishments are of such epic proportions, and it gnaws away at our egalitarian sense of the world.
The most amusing reaction was from Rupert Murdoch who preposterously insinuated that he had a heart which "goes out to [Jobs'] family."He said he was "overwhelmed and could not get in touch with his emotions". His only words: "People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself."
The best look back at Steve Jobs' life that AKSARBENT has seen is over at gizmodo.com.