Four years ago, the tech industry lost a great visionary, Steve Jobs the late CEO of the biggest company on the planet, Apple. To commemorate Jobs the current CEO, Tim Cook has sent a email to all employees about Steve. In the email, Tim described Steve as a “brilliant person” and that he wanted to carry on with the work that he “loved so much.”
Steve Jobs sadly passed away four years ago on October 5th 2011, previously on August 24 Tim Cook replaced Jobs as the CEO. Back in 1976 Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and of course Steve Jobs founded the small company, but now world renown Apple Computer Inc. One year after the first Macintosh in 1984, Steve was fired from the company in 1985. He than founded Next and developed NextStep which then became the basis for Mac OS X. In 1997 Apple acquired Next along with Steve to come back as CEO, he then re-launhced the company with the PowerBooks, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Tim’s email to Apple team
Today marks four years since Steve passed away. On that day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us lost a dear friend.
Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and achieved so much.
Each year since his passing, I have reminded everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much.
What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in technology and architecture. Experiences of surprise and delight. A company that only he could have built. A company with an intense determination to change the world for the better.
And, of course, the joy he brought his loved ones.
He told me several times in his final years that he hoped to live long enough to see some of the milestones in his children’s lives. I was in his office over the summer with Laurene and their youngest daughter. Messages and drawings from his kids to their father are still there on Steve’s whiteboard.
If you never knew Steve, you probably work with someone who did or who was here when he led Apple. Please stop one of us today and ask what he was really like. Several of us have posted our personal remembrances on AppleWeb, and I encourage you to read them.
Thank you for honoring Steve by continuing the work he started, and for remembering both who he was and what he stood for.