August 25th, 2011 | Published in Tech
Unfortunate news to share today as Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resigned. For many of us in the geek community we all knew this day was coming eventually, yet it saddens me to report that this great man will no longer be at the helm of one of my favorite companies.
Here is his letter of resignation (taken from the slashfilm post) :
Letter From Steve Jobs
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
It totally makes sense that he would still want to remain involved in with Apple in some form or fashion, and while I don’t believe the company as a whole will change radically following his departure, this still feels like the end of an era. Steve was just one of those iconic public figures and truly the FACE of Apple. Some would consider him the Walt Disney of the Tech industry and I know for this fanboy the keynote presentations will not feel the same without him.
On a personal level one of the first attractions I was ever worked at in Disney California Adventure park was a show called Golden Dreams. The show was created as a tribute to leaders from all walks of life who were courageous enough to pursue their dreams. The conclusion of the show features a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak unveiling the very first personal computer. Woz says to Jobs “bet we could sell like a dozen of these!” while Steve calmly retorts, “What are you talkin about? We’re gonna sell one everyone on the planet.” Jobs was always a forward thinking businessman and entrepreneur. His insight and confidence to take risks were instrumental in creating Apple and a little unknown studio called Pixar.
We here a Best Geek Blog Ever are avid Mac users and wish Steve nothing but the best in all of his future endeavors. Thank you Steve for all your contributions to film, tech and every kid who owns an iPod.