Just weeks after his Aug. 24, 2011 announcement that he was stepping down as Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs has passed away. Jobs was the “visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age.”
Mr. Jobs was the ultimate arbiter of Apple products, and his standards were exacting. Over the course of a year he tossed out two iPhone prototypes, for example, before approving the third, and began shipping it in June 2007.
To his understanding of technology he brought an immersion in popular culture. In his 20s, he dated Joan Baez; Ella Fitzgerald sang at his 30th birthday party. His worldview was shaped by the ’60s counterculture in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he had grown up, the adopted son of a Silicon Valley machinist. When he graduated from high school in Los Altos in 1972, he said, ”the very strong scent of the 1960s was still there.”
DealBook takes a look back at Jobs career and notes:
“In a brief statement late Wednesday, Apple’s directors said: “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
Needless to say the news of Jobs’ passing spread like wildfire through out social media:
It took mere minutes for #RIPSteveJobs to become a trending topic on Twitter.
R.I.P. Steve Jobs… You gave the world so much.