Former Colleagues React

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Apple's co-founder, who had been in failing health since being diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, stepped down as CEO on Aug. 24.

What His Former Colleagues Said

Wozniak said on Aug. 24 that Jobs was "probably the great technical leader of our lifetime. He always wanted to be an important person in the world and he wanted to do it with a company. And he did it many times over, not just with Apple.

"Look at the music company (iTunes), and the movie company (Pixar) he started. He wasn't just Apple. Gosh, at Apple he built products that stand the test of time, like the Mac, the iPod, iPhone, the iPad."

Michael Gartenberg, IT analyst with Gartner, said: "Here's a guy who invented the personal computer, redefined it with the Macintosh, took a company on the brink of doom and made it the most valuable company in the world, he redefined the music and cell phone industries. He truly was a visionary for our time."

Several former Apple executives offered their perspectives on Jobs back in August, when he stepped down as CEO.

"Steve Jobs works on a very different personal operating system than most people," former Apple marketing director Guy Kawasaki said. "It would be comparable to, say, getting a fish to fly."

Former PepsiCo CEO John Sculley, the man whom Jobs hired to replace him as CEO and later helped participate in firing Jobs from the company, once said that he felt he was "vastly unqualified" to run Apple as its CEO, which he did from 1983 to 1993.

"But Steve has the amazing knack of saying the exact right thing, at the exact right time, for the right reasons," Sculley said in a television documentary on Jobs. "He's very motivational. Back then, I told him I thought I wasn't the guy to run a technology company, but he looked down at his running shoes, then up at me, and said: "Do you want to keep selling sugar water the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?

"I was working a Apple a few weeks later."

And Jobs did indeed change the world.

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Steve Jobs, IT Giant, Dies at 56

This article was originally published on 2011-10-05
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