Astăzi este zi de doliu pentru o lume întreagă și mai ales pentru cei care într-adevăr au apreciat tot ceea ce a făcut Steve Jobs în toți anii în care s-a aflat la conducerea celei mai mari companii din lume, Apple.
În noaptea de miercuri spre joi, Steve Jobs, fostul CEO Apple și în mare parte cel responsabil pentru ceea ce avem noi astăzi și vom avea o bună perioadă de acum încolo în materie de iDevice-uri (de la iPhone la iPad, iPod Touch, MacBook-uri etc) a încetat din viață pierzând astfel lupta cu cancerul pe care a ținut-o nu mai puțin de 7 ani.
Steve Jobs avea 56 de ani și a renunțat la conducerea companiei Apple în luna august, declarând că nu mai poate face volumului mare de muncă tocmai din motive de sănătate, lăsându-l la conducere pe bunul său coleg și prieten, Tim Cook.
Steve Jobs s-a născut la Sân Francisco pe 24 februarie 1955. Părinții lui, Joanne Schieble și sirianul Abdulfattah Jandali, erau studenți și nu erau căsătoriți când Steve Jobs a venit pe lume și din cauza aceasta l-au dat spre adopție lui Paul și Clara Jobs, doi muncitori de clasă medie.
Steve Jobs a fost unul dintre co-fondatorii gigantului Apple, dar și cel mai mare acționar al companiei Disney. Împreună cu co-fondatorul Apple, Steve Wozniak, Jobs a ajutat la dezvoltarea și popularizarea calculatorului personal printre milioane de utilizatori spre sfârșitul anilor ’70. La începutul anilor ’80, încă lucrând la Apple, Jobs a fost unul dintre primii care a sesizat succesul comercial pe care îl poate avea ceea ce numim noi acum “mouse”.
În anul 1985, Jobs a plecat de la Apple, fondând “NeXT”, o companie care dezvolta o platformă de computere specializată în învățământul superior și piața oamenilor de afaceri. Achiziția lui NeXT din anul 1997 de către Apple l-a adus înapoi pe Jobs la compania pe care o fondase și cu care a rămas până în ultima clipă a vieții lui.
Iată ce declară Apple oficial pe site-ul lor despre acest eveniment ce a marcat lumea:
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.
De asemenea, familia lui Jobs declară:
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; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
Actualul CEO al companiei Apple, Tim Cook, trimite un memoriu intern angajaților prin care anuntă:
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.
Bill Gates iși exprimă condoleanțele:
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
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.
Google de asemenea iși exprimă părerea de rau cu privire la moartea lui Steve Jobs:
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met. sursa
On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Președintele Barack Obama, pe blogul oficial al Casei Albe declară:
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. 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.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Cu toții îl vom ține minte pe acest mare om. Odihnească-se în pace.