Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Oct 2011 00:02 UTC
Apple On its website, Apple has just confirmed that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has passed away at age 56. After bringing the company back from the brink of bankruptcy and turning it into one of the world's most succesful technology companies, Jobs lost the battle with pancreatic cancer.
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RIP Steve
by Eugenia on Thu 6th Oct 2011 00:48 UTC
Eugenia
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2005-06-28

I quickly first met Steve Jobs in 2002, at the OSX Jaguar release party in Palo Alto. He was very kind to me, and he let me take his picture too. He even joked a bit, I remember. He seemed really happy that night. I saw him four more times at various Apple events since, but never as close as that first time.

I heard many stories here in the Bay Area about Jobs being ruthless to people around him or to competitors, but I think most is forgiven when you consider what a visionary he was. Steve Jobs will be missed as no one else in the tech world has ever been.

Edited 2011-10-06 00:52 UTC

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RE: RIP Steve
by mrstep on Sun 9th Oct 2011 04:10 in reply to "RIP Steve"
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2009-07-18

I was at a private business meeting that he attended, had a moment where nobody was talking to him in the hall, and walked up and mentioned that I'd read that he had done games back at Atari. He laughed and started telling me funny stories about his days working at Atari, and he really didn't need to do so as the co-founder of Apple and busy head of another company at that point. (This is back in '94.)

Would I have wanted to work for him? Maybe not, based on stories from friends who did, but they never had bad things to say about him personally (and actually thought he was an amazing man), just that working for him was pretty challenging and that mistakes were not exactly swept under the rug.

Anyway, he was really nice to me as well, and I'm very sad to see him pass away so young. He really moved the entire tech industry forward like nobody else. RIP Steve, and condolences to his family as well.

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