Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., who introduced simple, well-designed computers for people who were more interested in what technology could do rather than how it was done, died Wednesday at age 56.
In a brief statement, Apple announced the death but did not say where he died. Mr. Jobs suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant in 2009, and he stepped down as Apple’s chief executive on Aug. 24.
Like a lot of people, I’m at a loss for words. Steve Jobs was a true innovator and someone who changed the way the world uses and appreciates technology. In a lot of ways, he completely changed the way we think about personal technology and what it should do for the person using it.
Fittingly, I learned about his passing on my iPhone. As I continued to refresh Twitter and see how everyone in my Raleigh-based network responded, Jobs’ influence became even more apparent.
A couple of quotes from Jobs.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
“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.”
Also, if you want a quick look into how Jobs thought about business and life, take a few minutes and watch his commencement address at Stanford in 2005. Really good stuff.