A Tribute Collection to Steve Jobs

A number of tributes this morning upon the passing of Steve Jobs. One of the most poignant was his commencement address to Stanford University. Thanks Steve for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod and your contributions not only at creativity and innovation but also to humanity and society.

From Time Magazines Techland, a number of quotes from prominent business and government leaders, friends, and Apple Computer:

Jobs has been instrumental in many of Apple’s hit products, stretching back to 1976 with the Apple I, all the way to the modern-day iPhone and iPad. He revealed to Apple employees in 2004 that he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. In late August of this year, Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple.

(PHOTOS: Steve Jobs: An Extraordinary Career)

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Laurene, and their three children. Jobs also has a fourth child from a past relationship named Lisa, after whom he named Apple’s “Lisa” computer in 1983.

Apple’s board of directors has issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

(MORE: Steve Jobs: His Life and Career in the Pages of TIME)

Apple changed the way that consumers saw their products, not just based on the product innovation but the mindshare of the marketspace.  The 1984 “Big Brother” commercial by Apply is arguably one of the most-watched and re-watched Super Bowl commercials (notice I did not say the most watched and re-watched Super Bowl moment – Janet Jackson holds that honor).

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Finally as we prepare for the fall TEDx season, TED published their own memorial with a replay of Steve Jobs’ commencement address to Stanford University “How to Live Before you Die.” Truly required viewing – worth re-watching or watching for the first time.

TED Blog

This evening, Apple announced that Steve Jobs, its legendary leader, has died. Watch his powerful talk “How to live before you die” — in which Jobs urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself.

Tom Rielly, TED’s community director and an early Mac fanboy, writes: “Steve Jobs changed my life totally and utterly (and obviously, I’m not the only one). From the moment he introduced Macintosh with mesmerizing flair, I was hooked by his charisma. I knew that his invention would change everything. Even though I’ve met him only a few times, I felt a deep personal connection to him and his work that transcends the rational. When I heard the news today, I felt physically ill and terribly sad for his wife and children. I will always be grateful to him and the teams he led that brought us the…

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