Tributes to Steve Jobs are coming in from everywhere. Here’s a handful of the ones we’ve noticed this morning…
Google CEO Larry Page:
I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg:
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo:
Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesnt just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron:
Steve Jobs transformed the way we work and play; a creative genius who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family.
Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber:
So it goes. So it goes. Damn it. I thought the “That day has come” line in his resignation letter implied the end was near, but, truth be told, I never gave up hope that Steve would beat this again. What a life.
The Economist’s obituary:
But in the end he changed reality, channelling the magic of computing into products that reshaped music, telecoms and media. The man who said in his youth that he wanted to “put a ding in the universe” did just that.
Steve Jobs was a one off; a man who had total belief in his own abilities and a shortage of patience for anyone who failed to agree with him. His great gifts were an ability to second guess the market and an eye for well designed and innovative products that everyone would buy.
Ars Technica’s John Siracusa:
In a post-Steve-Jobs world, there is no longer an excuse for large corporations to be less bold than start-ups. Elegance, character, artistic integrity, and ruthless dedication to design can no longer be derided as luxuries of those who don’t have anything to lose. Apple is now one of the largest, most successful companies in the world, but it still behaves as if all of its employees could fit in a 9×7-inch photo.