Apple’s Steve Jobs Passes Away
A little over two months since stepping down as CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56.
The company’s website included this message: "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."
Mr. Jobs was also known, as The Wall Street Journal put it, for "his mercurial management style, such as his habit of calling employees or their ideas ‘dumb’ when he didn’t like something."
A Washington Post article touched on Mr. Jobs’ salesmanship. It referred to a Business 2.0 article that described him as "easily the greatest marketer since P.T. Barnum."
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, wrote on his page, "Thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world." As of 6:44 a.m ET this morning, 273,522 people had "liked" this message.
- Remembering Steve Jobs – Apple
- Apple’s Steve Jobs Is Dead – The Wall Street Journal
- Steve Jobs dies at 56; Apple’s co-founder transformed computers and culture – Los Angeles Times
- Steve Jobs dies; Apple Computer co-founder was 56 – The Washington Post
- iSad: Digital titans, gadget junkies mourn Jobs – The Associated Press/The Boston Herald
- Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
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