Steve Jobs Death: Tech and Entertainment Industry Reacts
With the death of Steve Jobs on Wednesday, Hollywood and Silicon Valley both mourn the loss of a modern day genius and visionary.
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Over the course of his 56-years, Jobs used digital technology to resurrect animated feature films, reshape the music industry and shake up film and television distribution models. As the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., Jobs’ contributions to the tech and entertainment industry will be felt for many years to come. Upon learning of his death, several notable names are speaking out in his memory, including Bob Iger, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. 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, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend,” the statement continued. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.”
-- Bob Iger, President and CEO, Disney
“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, Co-founder, Google
"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. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come."
-- George Lucas
“The world has lost the biggest ‘Agent of Change’ we have known in modern times. Steve Jobs re-shaped the entertainment landscape in so many ways, and his absence in this world will be felt by consumers and the industry alike.”
-- David Wertheimer, CEO & executive director, Entertainment Technology Center @ USC
“Steve Jobs was a visionary to our industry. His creative and imaginative solutions and designs set the bar for all others. His business model was inspiring and he will be missed in the future. The VES members, both PC and Apple users, salute you sir.
-- Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair, Visual Effects Society
“Like all music fans, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was a larger-than-life personality -- passionate about music and one of its biggest fans and advocates. He was a true visionary who forever transformed how fans access and enjoy music. With the introduction of the iTunes software and other platforms, Steve and Apple made it once again easy and accepted to pay for music. His legacy will live on, long past his all-too-short time on earth.”
-- Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America
“It's like a relative dying; a favorite cousin that I grew up with. I got my first Apple in 1980. And I've been a fan ever since. He changed the way the entire world thought about computers. Even if you were a Windows fan you would always reference it in relation to the Mac. He changed the face of personal computing and the way we enjoy entertainment of all kinds.”
-- Steven Poster ASC, president of the International Cinematographers Guild
“Steve Jobs was a rare renaissance man. Tough on others and even tougher on himself, he was a rare combination of intense creativity and sublime business skills, always executed with charismatic intensity. Steve Jobs probably had more epiphanies than the rest of us put together. He left this world a much better place than when he entered. “
-- Steve Schklair, CEO, 3Allity Technica
"Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish. Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives. Anne and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Steve’s wife, Laurene, and their entire family."
-- California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. I'm truly saddened to learn of (his) death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work."
-- Bill Gates, Co-creator and former CEO, Microsoft
"The genius of Steve Jobs, a man I've known for 40 years, not only brought to life the visual magic and brilliant storytelling of Pixar, but brought the world one of the most innovative and successful platforms to make movies and TV available online at the click of a mouse. He was a pioneer, and helped all of us better understand how technologists and creators can work together to enrich and enliven our shared world. If anyone ever wonders whether one person can make a difference, the answer is Steve Jobs. He will be deeply, deeply missed."
-- Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO, MPAA
"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, Founder and CEO, Facebook
"He was willing to 'think different' and his genius will be missed. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs."
-- The Henson Company
"We have lost an American hero. Steve Jobs is irreplaceable, but he will inspire people around the world for generations - to innovate, to tackle great challenges, to do what you love, to make a difference. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."
-- Julius Genachowski, Chariman, FCC
"Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I'm reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life."
-- Rupert Murdoch
“Along with his family, friends, and colleagues at Apple, we consider ourselves lucky to live in a world touched by Steve Jobs. His genius was an ability to create incredibly complex products that kept technology in the background and the user experience front and center. It’s impossible to underestimate the groundbreaking nature of this approach and how so much of what we do today is built upon it. We are incredibly fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this singular vision: that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
--Pete Lude, president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.