Technology Executives Comment on Steve Jobs’s Death (Voices)

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., speaks at a charity event in Beijing, China. Photographer: Dieter Depypere/Bloomberg

Executives and politicians comment on the death of Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc.:

Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp.

“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’s 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.”

U.S. President Barack Obama.

“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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

“It felt a lot like you just heard that John Lennon got shot, or JFK, or Martin Luther King.

“He was one of those cool guys. He knew technology. He understood it. We talked about the philosophies of the day --the counterculture was strong, the hippy movement, words in songs -- and went to concerts together. It was a strong friendship.

“I think most people are going to miss the great products. That’s why we are stunned so much. It’s going to be hard to sleep tonight.”

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc.

“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”

Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott, co-CEOs of SAP AG.

“Our world has lost a visionary, a creator, and a good person. Steve Jobs always challenged assumptions, went for the impossible and pursued perfection. He set the standard for innovation: breakthrough ideas realized at nearly unlimited scale. His light will shine on and influence generations to come.”

Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson AB.

“Our industry has lost a great visionary and inspirer. With his innovative thinking Jobs was part of creating the massive growth in smartphone usage we are seeing today.”

Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Plc.

“Steve Jobs was a unique and brilliantly successful entrepreneur and manager -- a very rare combination and an inspiration to all of us. The most outstanding entrepreneur and manager of his generation.

He was remarkable also in being able to bounce back from adversity -- the true test of a business genius. He was also an instinctive marketeer with an intuitive understanding of what the customer wants, of design, of product and of marketing.

By virtue of being unique, he is by definition irreplaceable.”

Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s commissioner for digital affairs.

“A visionary who changed the way we live and work.”

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc.

“The world lost a true visionary and great man today. Steve Jobs did more than simply shape our concepts of technology and invention, he helped define our understanding of how great innovation and design can bring people closer together.

“I, and everyone at Cisco, are deeply saddened by Steve’s loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to his colleagues and family. We’ll miss you, Steve, but your legacy will continue forever.”

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.

“Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world.”

Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co.

“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted adviser. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built.

“It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.

“With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.”

Larry Page, CEO of Google Inc.

“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance.

“He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it.

“His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well.

“My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.”

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.

“From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino.

“Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the Macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

“On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.”

Marc Benioff, CEO of Inc.

“Steve Jobs was the greatest leader our industry has ever known. We are all blessed by his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

“I am really sad. It’s such a terrible loss for the whole world. I will never forget him. He did so much for me.”

Guy Kawasaki, who served as an “evangelist” for Apple’s Macintosh computer when it was introduced in 1984 and is a founder of Garage Technology Ventures in Palo Alto, California.

“No CEO ever has done more for his customers, shareholders and employees than Steve Jobs.”

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Inc.

“Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder.

“The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.”

Scott McGregor, CEO of Broadcom Corp.

“Steve’s passion for innovation and creativity will carry on for decades to come.

“His legacy is enormous, touching millions of people around the world. Our entire industry and economy is better for his presence and incredible contributions.

“On behalf of Broadcom, we send our deepest condolences to Steve’s family and to Apple employees.”

Jay Elliot, author of “The Steve Jobs Way” who worked at Apple with Jobs for six years.

“It’s very sad. I can’t believe it. I’ve been preparing for it as we’ve all known it’s coming. But he was a unique person who we’ll never see or meet again.

“He changed my life. He lived in a direct way, the way he wanted. Some people criticize him but I worked for him for many years and he was a very moral individual.”

Choi Gee Sung, CEO of Samsung Electronics Co.

“Samsung Electronics is saddened to hear of Chairman Steve Jobs’s passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences.

“Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur.

“His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world.

“We would like to again express our sincerest condolences to Mr. Jobs’s family and his colleagues.”

Maria Shriver, former first lady of California.

“I’m going to turn off my Apple computer, iPhone and iPad tonight at 8 p.m. and honor Steve with a moment of digital silence. Will you join me?”

Jim Allchin, former chief architect of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.

“In my view Steve’s contributions to society grew over time and, although he was always innovative, his best work came during the last 10 years. Steve’s ability to understand user-centric computing was the best I have ever seen. He was a truly remarkable man.”

California Governor Jerry Brown.

“Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish.

“Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives. Anne and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Steve’s wife, Laurene, and their entire family.”

Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner Inc. CEO.

“The entire Time Warner family mourns the loss of Steve Jobs. The world is a better place because of Steve, and the stories our company tells have been made richer by the products he created.

“He was a dynamic and fearless competitor, collaborator, and friend. In a society that has seen incredible technological innovation during our lifetimes, Steve may be the one true icon whose legacy will be remembered for a thousand years.”

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and founder of News Corp.

“Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time.

“Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment.

“My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life.”

Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP, owner of Bloomberg News.

“Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come.

“Again and again over the last four decades, Steve Jobs saw the future and brought it to life long before most people could even see the horizon. And Steve’s passionate belief in the power of technology to transform the way we live brought us more than smartphones and iPads: It brought knowledge and power that is reshaping the face of civilization.

“In New York City’s government, everyone from street construction inspectors to NYPD detectives have harnessed Apple’s products to do their jobs more efficiently and intuitively.

“Tonight our city -- a city that has always had such respect and admiration for creative genius -- joins with people around the planet in remembering a great man and keeping Laurene and the rest of the Jobs family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo Group Ltd.

“Today the world lost one of its greatest innovators and visionaries with the passing of Steve Jobs. His achievements are unmatched in our time.

“Steve led this industry like a beacon for the past decade. As a competitor, he helped ensure all of us pushed even harder, and I am confident his legacy will continue to energize the industry for many years to come.

“We admired his spirit, his creativity and his passion. He not only changed the technology industry, he changed the world and made it better.

“While we will all feel this enormous loss, I am confident that this industry will take to heart the lessons Steve taught us about innovation.”

Howard Stringer, chairman of Sony Corp.

“The digital age has lost its leading light, but Steve’s innovations and creativity will inspire dreamers and thinkers for generations.”

Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

“We have lost a true visionary. Steve Jobs changed the face of computing and defined the shape of mobile computing devices. He had created an unparalleled example of what innovation can do. It saddens me to think of how much more he had to offer the world. He will be missed deeply.”

George Lucas, chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd.

“The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision.

“He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come.”

John Lasseter, chief creative officer and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

“Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family.

“He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’

“He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-CEOs of Research In Motion Ltd.

“Steve Jobs was a great visionary and a respected competitor. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and to all of the employees of Apple.”

Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel Corp.

“True genius is measured by the ability to touch every person on the planet. Steve did that, not just once, but many, many times over his amazing life. We at Intel were privileged to have known him and worked with him as he brought his creations to life. Our hearts go out to his family and to his many friends and co-creators throughout the world.”

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia Oyj.

“The world lost a true visionary today. Steve’s passion for simplicity and elegance leaves us all a legacy that will endure for generations. Today, my thoughts, and those of everyone at Nokia, are with the friends and family that he leaves behind.”

John Sculley, a former Apple CEO.

“Steve Jobs was intensely passionate at making an important difference in the lives of his fellow humans while he was on this planet. He never was into money or measured his life through owning stuff.

“The world knows Steve Jobs as the brilliant genius who transformed technology into magic. A part of Steve still lives within all of us through his beautifully designed products and his no-compromises media experiences.

Steve Jobs captured our imagination with his creativity. His legacy is far more than being the greatest CEO ever. A world leader is dead, but the lessons his leadership taught us live on.”

Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm Inc.

“We have all lost someone special today.

“I had a number of opportunities to meet and talk with Steve Jobs over the years. He was always a bold visionary and a risk taker, and a tough businessman as well.

“The products and technologies he and his team at Apple worked on will continue to influence the wireless industry and people’s everyday lives for many years to come. I offer my condolences to his family, friends and the employees of Apple.”

Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group.

“The world has lost a true hero and I have lost a friend whose dedication to his company, his customers, and our industry is reflected in the fact that he continued to work while dealing with such a devastating illness.

“True business leaders grow their companies by committing their innovation, creativity, and passion and, while Steve exemplified all of these qualities, he also committed his heart to building a company and products that enriched people’s lives.

“Steve’s spirit will live on forever with those who, like me, had the honor to know and work with him. However, everyone has been touched by his genius and, because of this, he has left the world a better place. He will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank Corp.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was truly a genius of our time, a man with a rare ability to fuse art and technology.

“Centuries from now, he will be remembered alongside Leonardo da Vinci. His achievements will continue to shine forever.”

Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T Inc.

“We are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was an iconic inventor, visionary, and entrepreneur, and we had the privilege to know him as partner and friend. All of us at AT&T offer our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife, family, and his Apple family.”

Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Communications Inc.

“Steve Jobs devoted his ceaseless energy and creative genius to technology innovation that changed the world time and time again. Our industry and all of our customers benefited tremendously from his pursuit of excellence. We will miss him. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family and his employees.”

Rene Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG.

“Steve Jobs was the greatest innovator, best marketing man and most determined entrepreneur I have known in my entire life. His approach and way of working will characterize Apple for a long time to come.”

Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric Co.

“He did something that I think is very hard: be both a dreamer and a doer.”

Tony Blair, the former U.K. prime minister.

“Steve was an extraordinary and creative human being, an inspiration and an innovator who believed that by the power of ideas the world could be transformed. As much as anyone in any walk of life in the early 21st century he changed people’s lives simply by imagination and determination. His memory will serve as a symbol of what the human mind can achieve.”

Ratan Tata, Tata Group Chairman.

“Steve Jobs has been one of the greatest icons of the modern era. His untimely death is a huge loss to us all.

“His creativity, innovativeness and unbelievable attention to detail in every single area, gave the world the early personal computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad which have perhaps brought about the greatest change in the way people wirelessly listen to music, view visual images, exchange data and communicate.

“He has changed the way of life of many. Apple’s products, under his leadership, have had a profound impact on mankind, unequaled by any other company in the information and technology space.

“The world has lost a great business leader and a great visionary. He will be deeply mourned and greatly missed.”

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