Steve Jobs, Apple’s Co-founder and Visionary Dies at 56
The whole world is grieving for the death of Steven Paul Jobs, the co-founder, former CEO and the visionary of Apple Inc, the most valuable technology company in the world. Steve has been fighting a rare form of pancreatic cancer since 2004 and since then he had taken several medical leaves. By August 2011, Steve Jobs finally resigned as Apple CEO handling over the job to his imminent successor, Tim Cook.
The news of Job’s death first broke when Apple issued a media advisory about it. Below is the published letter of Tim Cook to Apple employees:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Steve Jobs was well known for his contribution to the digital world. His unique intuition and technological sense led Apple to release groundbreaking products such as the Apple II in late 70s. It became the first commercial personal computer. His return to Apple in 1997 revolutionizes the way we get music and movies in the digital age.
Under his leadership, Apple was able to release iTunes and iPods in 2001. In 2007, Apple released the phenomenal iPhone that changed the way we used a phone. In 2010, Apple released the iPad, the first product of its kind. Steve’s taste of user experience has been coveted by other technology companies. His immense brilliance caused many companies rethink about their business models especially on the aspect of user experience.
In sentiment to Job’s death, the Apple board of directors issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Indeed Steve Jobs changed the world. Just as his famous statement when he offered a CEO post to then Pepsi-cola CEO Mr. Sculley: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?”