Monday, October 10, 2011

Steve Jobs: reactions and tributes

Born February 24, 1955, Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder and president of Apple, died October 5, 2011. In a brief statement, his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs and his children Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Paul Reed, Erin and Eve Sienna Jobs report: Steve passed away peacefully last Wednesday, surrounded by his family. In public, Steve was known as a visionary in private, he cherished his family.
We thank the many people who have prayed and hoped for the last year of Steve's disease, a website will be set up for those who want to share their memories and tributes. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you share our pain, but we ask that you please respect our privacy during this mourning. Tim Cook, Apple CEO and the board of directors of the Cupertino company presented their condolences to the family of Steve Jobs and informed of an upcoming "celebration" in memory of the co-founder society (read: Tim Cook "Apple has lost a visionary and a creative genius"). The flags of 1, Infinite Loop, Apple's headquarters, at half-mast.
Worldwide, the Apple Store 357 serve Shrine for anonymous affected in one way or another, by sudden death (read: Steve Jobs: tributes to the Apple Store). The other co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, five years older than Steve Jobs, has a poignant tribute to his companion, on CNN: We had the feeling that [the creation of Apple] was something incredibly important, but we could never have imagined that it would take the current proportions, it would be such an important part of everyone's life, so different ways. We could not imagine that could store a song in a computer memory. [...] Is welded, it is plugged tips, Steve was hanging on the phone to buy items, find distributors, talk to people, get to raise money. [...] He did not write the program itself, but it could be used to great management techniques to get the best of all engineers. [...] Steve was always pushing - "You can do this? "" You can do this? "- Engineers beyond their boundaries, and he got them changing it is -" yes I can, I can. " "I am stunned by this announcement. [...] It's like when John Lennon died, or JFK, or perhaps Martin Luther King: it feels like a big vacuum. Everyone knows what he has done it has certainly exceeded by far, very far away all the goals it set. "
The President of the United States Barack Obama paid tribute to one of the "greatest American inventors": Michelle and I are saddened by the death of Steve Jobs. Steve was one of the American inventors - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to think he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By creating one of the wealthiest companies in the world in his garage, he embodied the American entrepreneurial spirit. By making personal computers and putting the Internet in our pockets, it has enabled the information revolution to be not only more accessible but also intuitive and fun. In romanticizing his feats of arms, he entertained millions of young and old. Steve liked to say that he lived every day as the last. Because it did, he transformed our lives, it has transformed industries and has completed a rare feat: he has changed the way each of us sees the world. The world has lost a visionary. There is probably no more poignant tribute to the success of Steve made that the fact that many have heard of his disappearance on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Lauren, the wife of Steve, his family and all those who loved him.
The president Nicolas Sarkozy has also responded: I pay tribute to Steve Jobs, who was a great entrepreneur, a great innovator and a major player in the digital revolution we live. Its ability to revolutionize entire economic sectors by the power of imagination and technology, is a source of inspiration for millions of engineers and entrepreneurs throughout the world. His efforts to make new technologies more attractive and easy to use made the success of companies that changed the world of personal computing, distribution of cultural content, telecommunications or animated film. Also inspired and inspiring, Steve Jobs will remain as one of the great figures of our time, whose courage in personal and professional life will also have the imagination and hard work, which will witness the incredible popularity of the need to recognize the great inventors of the knowledge economy.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and Steve Jobs' best enemy, returns to a great relationship of 30 years: I am truly saddened to learn of the death of Steve Jobs. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and everyone that Steve touched through his work. Steve and I met almost 30 years ago, and we were colleagues, competitors and friends for over half of our lives. The world is often people who have had an influence as great as that of Steve, its effects will be felt for many generations. Those who were lucky enough to work with him have had a tremendous honor ['s note: insanely great honor in English, the insanely great game, slogan of the Mac]. Steve will greatly miss.

Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO:

I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. It was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing talent. He always seemed able to say a few words what you had in mind before you even think about it. Its requirement in respect of the user experience more than anything else, has always been an inspiration to me. He had the extreme kindness to come to me when I became CEO of Google and has spent time giving me advice and share his experience, even though his health was not very good. My thoughts and those of Google are with his family and the whole family Apple. Sergey Brin, Google co-founder Since the early days of Google, when Larry and I were looking for inspiration, we did not need to go beyond Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by all who have touched an Apple product (including the MacBook on which I'm writing right now). And I saw her in person, the few times we met. On behalf of everyone at Google, and more broadly in the technology sector, you will be missed greatly. My condolences to your family, friends and colleagues at Apple.

Choi Gee-sung, CEO of Samsung Electronics:

CEO Samsung Electronics is saddened to learn of the death of President Steve Jobs and we express our deepest condolences. President Steve Jobs has been the source of many revolutionary changes in the industry of information technology and it was a great entrepreneur. His innovative spirit and its remarkable achievements will never be forgotten by people around the world. We wish to express again our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Jobs and his colleagues.

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