Friends and business rivals mourn the passing of Steve Jobs

“News of Steve Jobs’s death, while not unexpected, precipitated strong emotions inside and outside business and technology circles, as he was lauded for being a visionary who changed the world,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

WSJ reports, “Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates said it had ‘been an insanely great honor’ to work with his long-time rival and Apple Inc. co-founder. ‘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,’ Mr. Gates said. ‘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.'”

WSJ reports, “‘Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built,’ said Robert Iger, president and chief executive of Walt Disney Co. ‘Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original.'”

“Larry Sonsini, chairman of law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which has represented Apple since 1980, said he was devastated by the news that Mr. Jobs had died and that he had spoken to Mr. Jobs on the phone last week,” WSJ reports. “‘I knew he was tired but he was still at it and still taking to me about what’s going on and the industry and I was asking questions about the dynamics in the market,’ he said. Mr. Sonsini added that the Mr. Jobs death will be a ‘setback for the country, not just the (Silicon) Valley. … He really truly was one of the more exceptional geniuses in technology, in history…. don’t think anybody came close to him.'”

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35 Comments

  1. I know that this is stupid, but I am mad at the level of progress of medicine we have. We live in XXI Century, but there are still no really working artificial organs that could have sustain Jobs’ life, his brilliant mind.

    1. It’s not stupid. Everyone who loses someone to such an illness probably has those thoughts cross their mind.

      That day will come when we have more cures and shit like artificial organs to sustain life, maybe sooner than we think. It’s just unfortunate that Steve couldn’t be around to benefit from such future advances in medicine.

    2. Steve left us with the building blocks. It’s time to show him what we can do with it now. SIRI is just one more fine example of the possibilities we have and It will change how we use a Smartphone and a computer all over again.

      SIRI – Steve’s Intelligence Resides Inside. Sorry, I might have gotten a little drunk on the kool-aid. πŸ™‚

    3. Well, cancer is a pretty tough desease to cure. From a scientific standpoint, the reason being is because cancer cells are mutated versions of you regular cells so your immune system refuses to fight it and that’s what troubles scientists the most.

      But I agree, I really wish we could have some better medicine at this point

    4. The problem is our healthcare system is a wall street industry only worried about profits not health. The industry doesn’t want people to be cancer free because there is no money in making people well. But…there is a lot of money in treating disease over and over and over. Why do you think all these diseases just get worse and there never is a REAL breakthrough?

    5. Please remember that Jobs, in his finite wisdom, was using alternative therapies during a very progressive period of his cancer. He was not relying upon evidence-based medicine, which may well have kept him with us for much longer.

      1. you’re contradicting yourself: “very progressive”
        exactly.
        he started alternative med when it was too late.
        it is the evidence-based med that killed him.
        do you know the % of cancer cures from med or chemo?! it’s nearly “0”
        the only sane alternative IS Alternative!
        just like with alt. energy: naysayers bitch that the infrastructure/transportation used to bring alt. energy to us, beats the purpose since we need oil/coal for that.

        well, that’s a silly excuse.
        steve jobs always excelled.

        so, for energy or med to advance, we do need to spend more time/energy/funds on those technologies

        1. @Rolf

          “do you know the % of cancer cures from med or chemo?! it’s nearly β€œ0β€³”

          My mother underwent intensive “evidence based” chemotherapy to treat multiple myloma (a form of bone marrow cancer) at 84 years of age for 6 months. And she’s been symptom free for the past 3 years. So you “0%” is demonstrably false.

          Stick to your homeopathic remedies. That will free up the stuff that works for the rest of us.

          1. great news for your mom.
            seriously.

            my zero percent was symbolic, not literal or empirical.
            but the med success rate that you call evidence-based is pure conjecture, extremely inconsistent. there’s no more success in it than alternative help. alternative help is new. medical is not. plus all the R&D goes to the filthy rich doctors not alternative therapies.

            it is evil to charge so much.

            i too have family members with cancer & hepB/C, yet it is not the chemo or med establishment that cured him. his dad suffered from it too, gave his millions to cancer research, yet when his son asked for help they denied him! that’s the nat’l c assoc!

            most cancer patient that survive helped themselves. it’s in the attitude mostly, internal strength, meditation etc., since there’s no cure in sight yet on either side of the argument.

            1. i’m happy for you.

              but you’re a fractional success story in med cure.
              there’s no more success in it than alt.
              plus how can you judge Alt. when you have not tried it. you can’t know you’d be dead.

      2. It is gossip by Fortune magazine, which contradicts basic fact like that Jobs was diagnosed in 2004, not in 2003, and was treated surgically very quickly. Jobs told this story to Stanford students in 2005, years before certain Fortune’s authors came up with this nonsense story.

        It reminds me of Fortune reports that Michael Jackson ordered to curse Steven Spielberg via voodoo.

  2. Words simply fall short of fully converying what SJ meant to the world. I feel fortunate to have been alive to see a genius, master and humanitarian excel at his craft.

  3. We’re born. We die. The part in between is called Life. What is important is what you do with it.

    Steve Jobs, more than most, grokked that. See his Stanford University commencement speech of a few years ago to understand what he understood.