When design guru and tech visionary Steve Jobs announced his resignation as CEO of Apple this week, the news made no shortage of headlines.
After all, we’re talking about the entrepreneur behind the second most valuable company in the world, a man who transformed the way we buy and listen to music, how we use our phones, and how we interact with screens of all sizes.
From a marketing perspective, Apple’s campaigns – from the iconic, colourful iPod ads to the “Get a Mac” commercials – are envied across the globe.
While Jobs’ resignation didn’t necessarily come as a surprise (the former CEO was already on a medical leave from the post) it’s gotten tech experts and heavyweights talking about the “end of an era.” Here’s a roundup of what people are saying about Jobs’ exit on the web:
America loves underdogs and comeback kids and winners. Jobs’ career arc fills all of those bills. You don’t have to be a Windows guy or a Mac guy to appreciate this. All you have to do is love a great story. And the story of how Jobs got pushed out of Apple by a man he personally hand-picked to help run his company, how the company teetered perilously close to bankruptcy, and how Jobs came back to lead Apple to unthinkable success is one hell of an insanely great yarn.
Steve Jobs is a man who lives in the minutiae of details. He, with his loyal staff, perfects what others would pass off as perfect. He has 313 patents to his name, which range from the Apple III to the iPod’s acrylic packaging. Almost all of them are notable but only a few are iconic.
After 1998, he wasn’t just interested in building great products himself. He was interested in making sure everyone else within Apple was able to build great products too — to be able to think like he did. In short, he focused on building a robust culture — a Steve-infused culture — within his company.
I was standing right next to Steve Jobs in 1989 and it was the closest thing I ever felt to being gay. The guy was incredibly wealthy, good looking enough to get any girl, a nerd super-rockstar who had just convinced my school to buy a bunch of NeXT machines (which, btw, were in fact the best machines to program on at the time) and I just wanted to be him. I wanted to be him ever since I had the Apple II+ as a kid.
I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.