This afternoon (evening here on the East Coast), Steve Jobs slipped into eternity. He had been battling pancreatic cancer and liver failure for years, and he resigned his post as CEO of Apple a couple of months ago.
Steve Jobs was a man of passion and vision. He changed the world of consumer electronics no fewer than three times in thirty years. His upstart animation company Pixar changed the way we view movies. We live in a world defined by Steve Job’s vision – whether we choose to admit it or not.
The world lost a great business mind tonight, and we grieve his passing. As far as I know, Steve was not a follower of Christ. He was a practicing Buddhist and while he respected Christianity, he expressed no interest in its teachings. This is a shame, but it does not change the fact the respect I have for the man and the grief I feel at his passing.
This is what Bill Gates had to say about his passing:
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ 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.
“…it’s been an insanely great honor.” Yeah, I’d say that is pretty right on. It’s been insanely great. Goodbye, Steve. We will miss you.
You can check out some of my thoughts on Steve’s career here.