Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

by | Oct 6, 2011

Today marked the end of an era. Each of the quotes below is linked to a eulogy or collection of reflections on the passing of Steve Jobs.

Steven Paul Jobs, 56, died earlier today at his home with his family. The co-founder and longtime CEO of Apple, Inc., was the most celebrated person in technology and business on the planet. It had taken a while for the world to realize what an amazing treasure Steve Jobs was. But Jobs knew it all along. —Steven Levy

It’s one thing to miss someone, to feel a void when they’re gone. It’s another to do something with their legacy, to honor them through your actions. —Seth Godin

I found my dreams through his machines. —Leo Babuta

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. —Bill Gates

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. —Steve Jobs

Steve leaves behind a company only he could have built. —Apple

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8 Comments

  1. Stephen Tiano

    I’ve tweeted some and commented on Facebook about the loss of Steve Jobs. I wrote a very short piece on my block about what he’s meant to me . At first I looked at it and thought, “Yeesh, this is more about me than Steve!” But then I realized how much of what I am and wha I’ve become could not have happened without a Steve Jobs, or Woz, and Apple. And I’ve seen and heard from people I would not have expected just how inspiring he is to them. So, again: R.I.P. Steve.

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  2. James

    I wrote on my own blog that his death was like a “mile-wide crater” in Silicon Valley (and hence the world). I really don’t have words any better than Seth Godin’s.

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  3. Judith Briles

    And don’t forget… there was a guy who went by the name Captain Crunch who Jobs and Woz tracked down to “show them” all about hi-jacking long distance phone lines long before they did their first modified computer from a kit…. it tis a story.

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  4. Joel Friedlander

    I think to really understand what Steve Jobs did is going to take a while and some distance, but the turnaround of Apple as a company was astonishing to watch.

    A lot of us remember when Apple was marginalized, trying different strategies, and was for many years thought to be about to go out of business at any moment. Their market share in the computer biz was laughable, and they really had 2 assets: Steve and the rabid fans who would use nothing else.

    To see Apple standing astride the technology industry now, bigger than Microsoft, still amazes me.

    His story is almost mythic, and will probably become mythologized soon enough. After all, it all started with Steve and Woz in the garage, unbelievable.

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  5. Julia Rachel Barrett

    I felt so sad yesterday when I heard he’d died. Yes, I knew it was just a matter of time, but still… Steve Jobs was a visionary. He understood systems, but even more, he saw the bigger picture. Today, most people live and work in their own little niche, never seeing the larger world. Steve Jobs was able to look into the future and anticipate trends and needs. He will be missed.

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  6. Judith Briles

    “Be Hungry … Act Foolish” …. Steve Jobs closing words when he gave the Stanford University Commencement speech. And it could easily be said, the visionary Jobs who morphed so much of technology and communication today Never, Never, Never gave up.

    When I was President of the Foothill-DeAnza Colleges Foundation in the 80s, I asked him for moneys to support a project we were working on–Apple used the DeAnza Auditorium for it’s major meetings for years. A nice check was received in a week.

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  7. Elizabeth Ann West

    I wrote a piece today on how Apple changed my life. I am part of the generation that the first computer I touched was a MacII in my elementary school. The first word processor I used in a school computer lab was Claris Works. And when I went off to college and couldn’t afford very much, I used $50 to buy an old Mac Power PC. And even though I’m not an Apple enthusiast (I don’t currently own or use Apple products and don’t really care to) it’s still amazing the innovations this man pushed into the market place. He contributed so much in technology, management practices, and entertainment. I really can’t think of someone else of his magnitude in today’s generation….

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  8. Christopher Wills

    Under Steve Jobs Apple didn’t go along with conventional wisdom; they created conventional wisdom.

    We need more people like Steve Jobs. He reminds me of the motto of the SAS (British special forces) “Who dares wins”.

    Condolences to friends and family. Steve Jobs will be sorely missed.

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