Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and former CEO, has died at age 56.


Wednesday 5 October 2011

Steve Jobs, a drop in calligrapher student , master inventor, visionary,  entrepreneur and a man who changed so many lives and gave us the Mac, the IPod, the IPad and ITunes all as models, died today from a pancreatic tumor.

An apple fan or not, be assured you have had the benefit of this man who gave the world standards with class and set the benchmark for all software development.

News of Steve Jobs death in Europe today saw Apple shares drop 3pc. Curiously the US Wall Street market, which just opened, has responded to the news with Apple shares jumping 1.5pc to $378.25 at the start of trading.

Retiring from the Apple CEO job only a few weeks ago privately Jobs at the time indicated he knew he was going to die soon. He is also attributed as saying during a speech, "Death is very likely the single best invention of life"

Tributes are hitting the web at at light speed

Here are some I captured

Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world What’s your excuse?

He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors.

At a Stanford University commencement speech in 2005 Jobs said

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." – 



Here is a Daily Telegraph video about his life

His passing is loss to the world.

He leaves us a legacy in one of his most important innovation insights.

You can only connect the dots by looking backward but you have to trust they will join up later as you continue to follow them.

May he rest in peace


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Data reporter Conrad Quilty-Harper has this graph, of Apple’s days as an underdog. In 2004 the company’s market value barely registered . The release of the iMac and later, the iPod, reversed sees Apple is now the second most valuable company in the world by market capital.


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