The death of Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., is considered as a great loss to the technology industry. His valuable contributions and innovations, from the introduction of Mac to the latest iPhone, have changed the world’s communication and information systems and even more, touched the lives of millions. His life stories of success and failures have inspired business leaders, entrepreneurs and consumers around the world. At the age of 56, Steve left a legacy to the tech community and he will be remembered as a person of passion, energy and vision.
Here are some notable statements from Steve Jobs, the visionary and creative genius in the world of technology.
- Time Magazine: “What is Apple, after all? Apple is about people who think ‘outside the box,’ people who want to use computers to help them change the world, to help them create things that make a difference, and not just to get a job done.”
- 1996 PBS documentary Triumph of the Nerds: “What we learned was that we could build something ourselves that could control billions of dollars worth of infrastructure in the world. That was an incredible lesson. I don’t think there would ever have been an Apple computer had there not been blue boxes.”
- 1998 BusinessWeek: “That’s been one of my mantras: focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
- 2004 BusinessWeek: “It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important. We do things where we feel we can make a significant contribution. And our primary goal here is … not to be the biggest or the richest.”
- 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address: “Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart.”
- 2011 August 24; Resignation Letter: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.