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Tributes to Steve Jobs

The communications sector has been showing its appreciation for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) founder Steve Jobs. Here is a selection of the statements issued by the industry -- please do add your own to our message boards. (See Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56.)

  • AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson: "We are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was an iconic inventor, visionary, and entrepreneur, and we had the privilege to know him as partner and friend. All of us at AT&T offer our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife, family, and his Apple family."

  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen: "Steve Jobs was a man who demonstrated that vision and passion can create global change."

  • Rogers Communications President and CEO Nadir Mohamed: "Steve Jobs was one of the greatest innovators of our time. He revolutionized how we consume entertainment, access information and stay in touch by making iconic devices that are brilliantly designed, intuitive and easy to use. He had a clear vision for what technology should deliver to consumers and his focus on the customer was relentless. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, his friends and to all the employees at Apple."

  • Consumer Electronics Association (CEA): "CEA extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Steve Jobs. We join the entire tech community in celebrating his momentous contributions to making our lives better through innovative products and leadership at the company he loved so much that is beloved by so many. Our thoughts are with the entire Apple family in this difficult time."

  • John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, and Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios: "Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."

  • Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company: "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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time."

  • Apple's Board of Directors: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. 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. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak:



— The Staff, Light Reading

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msilbey 12/5/2012 | 4:51:46 PM
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So much to be said about Steve Jobs and his legacy, but since there are many people more appropriate than I to say it, I'll stick with what I know best. Even in the cable industry, people were inspired by Steve Jobs. Remember when Brian Roberts introduced the Comcast iPad app at the Cable Show in 2010? Not only did it spawn gushing news coverage, but every other cable operator wanted to get in the iPad game. I talked to a CableLabs rep not long after that event who said that the organization had been flooded by requests from smaller operators looking for help connecting iPads with their TV services. CableLabs obliged by coming out with an iPad app framework a short while later.


The point is that Apple products get people excited, and they motivate people to create further. If Steve Jobs could make that happen in the notoriously conservative cable industry, then maybe there really is something to his claims that Apple products are magical. In a way, they kinda are.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:46 PM
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In the telecom industry we probably don't have enough perspective yet to fully appreciate how much Jobs, Apple and the iPhone have changed the marketplace. Already in just a few short years the mobile application landscape has exploded, with innovators and not restrictive carriers leading the way. Courage and genius was behind the coupled power of the iPhone design and the App Store strategy, both masterstrokes whose ripples are still moving outward. Here's hoping that there are more pirates at Apple and in other places to follow Jobs' lead.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:46 PM
re: Tributes to Steve Jobs

In the telecom industry we probably don't have enough perspective yet to fully appreciate how much Jobs, Apple and the iPhone have changed the marketplace. Already in just a few short years the mobile application landscape has exploded, with innovators and not restrictive carriers leading the way. Courage and genius was behind the coupled power of the iPhone design and the App Store strategy, both masterstrokes whose ripples are still moving outward. Here's hoping that there are more pirates at Apple and in other places to follow Jobs' lead.

mgray 12/5/2012 | 4:51:45 PM
re: Tributes to Steve Jobs

I came late to the Apple party. Not, imac, fashionably late. Heck, I even resisted the ipod, buying a nomad among a couple of other cumbersome mp3 players. It wasn't till I got the iphone that I came around. So, I can't speak of years of devotion to Steve Jobs and his genius. What I can tell you is that I matured enough to realize that, for my purposes, the Apple version did the same things the PC version did. But , the Apple version did it easier and a HECK of a lot prettier! Jobs was a brilliant businessman, a great marketer but most of all a remarkable designer. He made computing, listening to music and using your phone into things of style. I know I'm not saying anything new, but I will miss his contributions to the artistry of tech. Anyone think the design of Apple prducts will suffer for the loss of Jobs?

AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:51:45 PM
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That's how I dismissed Steve Jobs a dozen years ago in a B-school essay. A marketing guru who had spoken to our class was singing his praises. Sounded like a cult to me. What was wrong with Windows? Then I joined a publishing company and got a MacBook. A few years later, the cult encroached further when my son, then 10, side-stepped my objections by cutting a piece of laminated pressboard to iPod dimensions, drawing a clickwheel and iPod interface and attaching the paper on top. Many legitimate Apple devices later, you could say I joined the party. Thing is, there are good cults and bad cults, and ones that endure and others that fade fast. On the whole, this has been a good one. Whether it will last without Jobs, we'll see. That it lasted so long already (some feat in tech land) acquiring so many million customers who looked like adherents is quite something again, and related to the character at the helm. Bill Gates' obituary will read somewhat differently.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:51:44 PM
re: Tributes to Steve Jobs

I like the comment about the artistry of tech.


I think that genie is out of the bottle (thanks to Jobs) and it won't be easily put back. Now that consumers are used to expect tech products to look good and perform well, I think we'll see more of the same from Apple and its competitors.


Until the iMac arrived the PC was nothing but a biege box. Until the iPhone, the Motorola Razr -- as boring a phone as has ever been sold -- was thought to be cutting edge. Consumers know better now and expect more. That won't change.

pmicali1 12/5/2012 | 4:51:44 PM
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Echoing some of the earlier posts, I too was a late Apple bloomer.&nbsp;&nbsp;I grew up an ultimate PC guy, constantly touting the benefits over my Apple fanatic friends.&nbsp;However, after experiencing one life-changing product after another and seeing the inherent benefits of the great products that company continually put out, I was a believer.&nbsp;&nbsp;This was only further cemented by the time I spent working at an Apple retail store last year as a Genius.&nbsp;&nbsp;I've never seen another company fully embrace their core values from top to bottom, corporate to retail, CEO to sales assistant.&nbsp;&nbsp;It truly inspired me and made me completely realize the importance of good leadership in a major organization.&nbsp;&nbsp;His style may have been unorthodox, but there aren't too many mainstream business leaders that one can appropriately call a world changer, and I feel that Steve Jobs was indeed just that.&nbsp;&nbsp;He will be sorely missed, not just by his colleagues, but the world at large.&nbsp;&nbsp;It's a sad day to lose such a great leader but I have faith that his spirit will live on in the corporate ideology and great products that Apple continues to put out in the future.


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alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:51:44 PM
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Not to argue against you jtombes ..


One does not have to join his cult to admire Steve. I have been resisting to purchase any i-products since I figured that I could pretty much do anything that I wanted to do with much cheaper alternatives.


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Being a non-ilover never leads me to underappreciate much greater impacts that Steve mad to computing/communication industries that most of us here, me included, are making good living from..


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For that I felt deeply sad at his passing...

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:51:43 PM
re: Tributes to Steve Jobs

I was just thinking, too, how lame the music industry's various attempts at trying to organize itself and sell its products online had been prior to the iTunes store.


Songs priced the same. Files compatible with your device. Syncing playlists and other preferences automatically. The list goes on.


And it all made Apple a service provider as much as a hardware provider. One helped sell the other. Without it, Apple would be as confusing as mediocre as Sony is today.


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megreenjr 12/5/2012 | 4:51:39 PM
re: Tributes to Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was certainly great at many things and while usually technology and engineering&nbsp;are mentioned, during my whole 25+ year career in Product Management, Apple and Steve Jobs were held up as the quintessential niche/high-end marketing example of success: high margin and product differentiation where the company intimately knows its customers. That's the relationship that many feel.

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