Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Tribute to Steve Jobs

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Following the news that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, company CEO shared his thoughts with the world and honored the man that changed the face of technology for millions of people.

In an email to employees, Mr. Cook stated:

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today. 

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email

Mr. Jobs passed away on Wednesday, October 5, but left behind a legacy that impacted how the world uses computers. He also rocked the foundations of the entertainment industry with the iPod and iTunes Store, and went on to change the face of the mobile phone industry with the game changing iPhone.

Steve Jobs in 2010Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaking at a 2010 media event

Mr. Jobs recently stepped down as CEO to be replaced by Mr. Cook who had been running the company during his most recent leave of absence. The company co-founder took on the role of Chairman for the Board of Directors, and was still serving on the Board of Directors for Disney.

Following the announcement of Mr. Jobs’s passing, Apple’s Board of Directors shared their condolences, too, and expressed their sadness for his family’s loss.

“No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him,” Mr. Cook said. “We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”

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Tim sounded exceptionally poignant when at the start of yesterday’s keynote he talked about how he loved Apple and felt nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to work there.  I thought he was just feeling the weight and excitement of his first public moment as Apple’s CEO.

On hindsight, now that we know what he most likely already knew then, that Steve was spending his last hours with his family, that keynote must have been the hardest thing that Tim has ever done in his professional life.

Steve will be missed, but I believe even more now that Apple will be okay with Tim at the helm.

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