There are many ways to measure Steve Jobs’ impact and influence on our daily lives and to measure his success. One way is to consider how his business rivals are reacting to his passing.
Statement from Larry Page CEO of Google:
“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.”
Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon.com Inc.
“Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards.”
Statement from Bill Gates, co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation:
“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. 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. 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. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO/President of Facebook
“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.”