Apple has always been a different company than the rest of the technology industry. The company managed to take a lot of technologies and approaches which were considered weird onto the mass market successfully. The reason for that success was the drive, passion and commitment of one man: Steve Jobs.
The technology industry executives were shocked by the death of Apple's chairman and co-founder and were quickly to express their condolences to his relatives as well as acknowledge achievements of talents that one of the greatest innovators of all times had. The things that Mr. Jobs has achieved with the company he co-founded, appear to be so great that not only tech industry execs, but many politicians and ordinary people recongize and admire them.
Steve Jobs at WWDC 2011. Image from AllAboutSteveJobs.com
"No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."
- Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple
"People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself."
- Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple
"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 are with his family and the whole Apple family."
- Larry Page, chief executive officer of Google
"From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met. On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple."
- Sergey Brin, vice president of Google
"I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work."
- Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft
"The world lost a true visionary today. Steve’s passion for simplicity and elegance leaves us all a legacy that will endure for generations. Today, my thoughts, and those of everyone at Nokia are with the friends and family that he leaves behind."
- Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia
"Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world."
- Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of HP
Steve was my hero growing up. He not only gave me a lot of personal advice and encouragement, he showed all of us how innovation can change lives.I will miss him dearly, as will the world."
- Jerry Yang, a co-founder of Yahoo
"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."
- Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook
"Bought my first PC at 12, Apple IIc, started Voodoo inspired by Apple, was fortunate to meet him.He is a pioneer, a legend, an inspiration,"
Rahul Sood, founder of Voodoo PC
"Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards."
- Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon
"I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages."
- Steve Case, founder of AOL
"Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn't just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement."
- Dick Costolo, chief executive officer of Twitter
"Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips."
- Steven Spielberg, a director, a co-founder of DreamWorks Animation
"Steve was such an 'original,' with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend."
- Robert A. Iger, chief executive officer of Walt Disney
"The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision."
- George Lucas, director
"Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer-animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did... He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA."
- John Lasseter, chief creative officer and president of Pixar Animation Studios
"Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation."
- Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of News Corp.
"The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him."
- Barack Obama, president of the U.S.