Steve Jobs, the man who has inspired me—from a love of technology and, from that starting point, in so many other ways (up to and including my current career)—since before I bought my first Apple Mac (in 1997), has lost his fight against pancreatic cancer.
Though I have been expecting this news ever since he resigned as CEO, there is little more that I can say about Steve Jobs's death, at the age of 56, that Apple's brief statement has not already articulated.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of use 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.
Your humble Devil is utterly gutted. One of my regrets will always be that—despite (because of...?) his irascible temper and demand for perfection—I never worked for Steve Jobs.
Jobs was a great man and, as when he resigned, I salute his vision and his talent. Steve has left the world a little less exciting for his passing.
Vale, et requiescat in pace.
UPDATE: more at the Beeb.
"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve," Apple said.
UPDATE 2: Tim Cook's email to Apple employees.
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and 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.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Steve Jobs is dead: long live Apple.
UPDATE 3: from an obituary at CNN.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do," he told the Stanford grads in 2005.
"If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on."
As a product designer, I have found what I love doing: now I just need to do it as well as Steve Jobs did.
UPDATE 4: here's a video of Steve Jobs's speech to Stanford—it's really interesting, features personal anecdotes and is full of great quotes and thoughts.