It’s not surprising to hear that several leaders of technology companies have taken time to honor Steve Jobs. After all, without him, many of today’s most successful companies might not have existed. Jobs brought the concept of personal computing to everyday people, allowing it to emerge from the dark and mysterious rooms formerly reserved for engineers.
Google, an Apple rival of sorts, posted a simple tribute to Jobs on its home page beneath its search box. The embedded link takes users to the Apple home page which has its own simple, yet touching tribute.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the wildly popular Facebook, wrote on his profile: “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.” Zuckerberg probably considered Jobs a mentor because they share a few things in common. Both dropped out of college to pursue their dream, and both founded their companies in their 20s. Both are perfectionists and passionate about what they do. Zuckerberg was lucky enough to meet Jobs while attending a tech summit at the White House earlier this year, along with several other tech leaders, including Feedburner founder Dick Costolo (who currently heads up Twitter).
Disney CEO Bob Iger, who considered Jobs a good friend and confidante, released a statement praising the Apple founder’s contributions and his great mind: “Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era.”
Steve Jobs probably had so much more to contribute to the world, and unfortunately, left it all too soon. The touching tributes of so many leaders and average folks around the world are a testament to how much he meant to everyone, even those who had never met him.
Image: White House Tech Summit
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