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Today we mourn the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs, a true original in every sense of the word, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 56 after a long and tiring battle with pancreatic cancer. While we are not usually one to comment on the technology sector, Jobs' incredible contribution to an astounding variety of fields has surpassed mere corporate gadgetry to leave behind a legacy that has spawned and enriched an entire culture and influenced our everyday lives and society in immeasurable ways.
You'd be hard pressed to go a single day without running into something that Jobs' endless passion and creativity somehow affected or created. Jobs' contributions go beyond mere hardware (I write, while sitting in a coffeeshop with at least two dozen people from all walks of life with iPhones, iPads, or MacBooks), the innovations and "big ideas" he boldly and fiercely championed in his lifetime have helped create a world where it is commonplace... ordinary... maybe even taken for granted... that the vast resources of the internet are available at the swipe of a finger and where art (in a variety of mediums including music and film) can be stored and carried along with us wherever we go in ever smaller and more convenient ways. A world where computers have graphical interfaces and a variety of typefaces and fonts. A world where 3D animated films are not only common, but can stir and inspire audiences around the world as well as even the best live-action film. That is the true legacy of Steve Jobs: not some eventually-obsolete block of circuitry or a financially successful mega-company, but that he was a man who was willing to fight for "the new", "the big idea", the "high concept"... something that is woefully rare in our world, and now even more so without him in it.
Disney President and CEO Bob Iger:
John Lasseter, Disney/Pixar CCO:
From Apple's official statement:
But perhaps our sentiments can best be said by none other than Jobs himself. Steve Jobs, college drop-out. Founder of Apple. CEO of Pixar. Designer, creator, innovator, visionary. Husband. Father. Dreamer:
Here's to you, Steve.
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011