Steve Jobs was one of very few people who could be called a legend in his own time. The college dropout co-founded Apple in 1976 and grew it into the most valuable company in the world, inspiring countless entrepreneurs along the way.
There are sure to be a litany of obituaries and stories about Jobs in the coming days, but we want to know what Jobs meant to you. Please share your thoughts and memories below.
WHAT’S BEING SAID ABOUT STEVE JOBS
“Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to Steve Jobs’ family & friends. The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact.” – Tweet from Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft (@BillGates)
“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.” – Facebook update from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder
Blog post: Esther Dyson: My iXperiences with Steve Jobs
Reuters news story: Bill Gates: Knowing Jobs Was “Insanely Great” Honor
“Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesnt just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. #RIPSteveJobs” – Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter (@dickc)
“Steve Jobs and God are creating new Universes together in heaven.” – Tweet from Shervin Pishevar, managing director at Menlo Ventures (@shervin)
Reuters live blog: World Mourns Steve Jobs
Reuters slideshow: 22 Photos of Steve Jobs Through the Years
“Thank you Steve Jobs. My passion and career started with one of 1st Apple IIs in 1977 writing realtime D/A systems. You changed my life.” – Tweet from George Zachary, partner at Charles River Ventures (@georgezachary)
“Time stopped today for a bit. Steve Jobs made all of us realize what genius is. Last person like that was Albert Einstein. Thank you Steve!” – Tweet from Bilal Zuberi, principal at General Catalyst Partners (@bznotes)
“A true role model for all entrepreneurs has died too young. Steve Jobs pioneered an era that will long be associated with his name.” – Tweet from Alan Patricof, founder and managing director of Greycroft Partners (@alanjpatricof)
Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet and general partner at Polaris Ventures, shares his thoughts about Steve Jobs in an email to CNET.
“I am in mourning. I haven’t felt this way since I heard JFK died.” – Tweet from Tim Draper, co-founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (@timdraper)
“Steve Jobs RIP. Doubt we will see an entrepreneur like him again for a long time.” – Tweet from Chip Hazard, General Partner at Flybridge Capital (@chazard)
“Has anyone changed the world more than Steve Jobs in the last 25 years? The world lost one of its best today.” – Tweet from Greg Gottesman, managing director at Madrona Venture Group (@greggottesman)
“RIP Steve. Knew this day was coming but it really hit hard. Remembering using an Apple II in middle school and NeXT machines in college.” – Tweet from Ted Maidenberg, partner at U.S. Venture Partners (@maidenberg)
“Speechless with sadness. Rest in peace Steve. You were the greatest.” – Tweet from Chi-Hua Chien, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (@chchien)
“I counted 9 rainbows on my drive up and down 280 today. Nature’s salute to Steve Jobs.” – Tweet from Manu Kumar of K9 Ventures (@manukumar)
“I love technology because it is transformative and Steve Jobs was the very embodiment of that power to improve the world around us.” – Tweet from David Hornik, general partner at August Capital (@davidhornik)
FROM STEVE HIMSELF
“Death is very likely the best invention of life. All pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” (Stanford commencement speech, 2005)