The passing of a technology Gentle Giant- Steve Jobs 1955-2011

The passing of a technology Gentle Giant- Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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It was Wednesday 5th September 2011, when the world seen a technological visionary giant die peacefully in his home with his family surrounding him. Steve Jobs only recently retired as CEO of Apple in August 2011 to spend more time with his family as he said himself, he could not give 100% to his work as he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs was the one person that that gave Bill Gates a run for his money when it came to new IT products. The 2 men had been competitors and friends for years and respected each other whole heartily.

Bill Gates reaction to the passing of Steve was “ 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.”

As an American, his success became global with the birth of the Macintosh range in the 1990’s. People were purchasing these systems to use the amazing app called “The Internet”, so they could get online. He knew how to invite people into his dream. He gave the people what they didn’t know they wanted until it was put in front of them with clever marketing strategies that Jobs was synonymous with promotions. In 2001, he brought the iPod to people who had already being using MP3 players, but the shine of the iPod and sheer marketing behind it, left people impulse purchasing. It would only work with the Apple computer for a few years until 2003, when it was released to work on Windows, sales of the iPod rose to over 8 million by end of 2004. In 2009, iPod held 70% of the MP3 market.

President Obama was quoted saying “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.”

The device Obama had spoken of, was of course the iPhone. Just the day before Steve passed away, the launch of the new iPhone version 5 took place in Apple’s headquarters in California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, announced to the staff of the loss few hours later, “Team,

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

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 had positive outlook after being told of his cancer in 2005, in a speech soon after he gave these inspiring words ” Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Like him or loathe him, he was one of the IT leaders in the 20th and 21st century who broke through to the other side of staying safe and learnt that risk is important when trying new ideas.

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