Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has left this world with a legacy and passed away yesterday, 5th October. Described as a highly respected and immensely successful entrepreneur who never stopped developing technology, he created a large base of consumer demand. Jobs understood the powerful meaning of impactful branding as he truly simplified our lives.
Over the last few years Jobs struggled with his health. In 2004 he had an incorrect pancreas and in 2009 he had a liver transplantation which eventually forced him to quit his job. In August 2011, he thanked Apple for accepting his absence as CEO due to his major health problems. On August 24 2011, Jobs announced his resignation from his role as Apple’s CEO. In his letter of resignation, Jobs strongly recommended that the Apple executive succession plan be followed and Tim Cook be named as his successor.
Apple posted a sincere confirmation of how Steve Jobs will be missed by stating the following on their website:
“Apple has lost a visionary and a 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.”
Jobs was also the Chief Executive of Pixar Animation Studios as he became a member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar.
In the late 70s, Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and others, developed the Apple II series. With the purchase of NeXT, much of the company’s technology found its way into Apple. Under Jobs’s guidance the company increased sales significantly with the introduction of the iMac, iPhone, Ipad, iTunes music software and the iTunes Store and many other devices.
The American president Barack Obama stated: There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success then fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.