I’ve been working on this post for a while but I have been overwhelmed by a number of things recently so sorry about the delay.
I’ve always thought that the only positive thing that would result from Steve Jobs’ withdrawal from the public spotlight would be the flurry of stories to pour out from all corners of the Wold Wide Web. His recent resignation proved me right. To save you time and effort, here is my personal selection among the several dozens of articles and stories I have read in the past three weeks. If you think a worthy one is missing, do not hesitate to mention it in the comments.
The big news
- Steve Jobs’ resignation letter this one will go down in history
- Tim Cook’s internal letter to all Apple employees leaked to Ars Technica
- Walt Mossberg: Essay: Jobs’s Departure as CEO of Apple Is the End of an Extraordinary Era Walt Mossberg comes back on Steve Jobs’ career (disclaimer: no emotional or particularly insightful comments)
- David Pogue: Steve Jobs Reshaped Industries nice article
- Steve: Who’s Going to Protect Us From Cheap and Mediocre Now? by former Apple France boss Jean-Louis Gassée, including a perspicacious metaphor about Steve riding the animal inside him
- Michael Moritz: Jobs founded Apple not once but twice Michael Moritz wrote The Little Kingdom, the first book about Apple — in addition to the infamous TIME portrait The Updated Book of Jobs. He later went on to fund Google and became a millionaire.
- Om Malik (GigaOm): Steve Jobs and the sound of silence a poignant hommage by Om
- No, Apple Won’t Be the Same Without Steve Jobs Mike Elgan over at Cult of Mac pretty much sums up my opinion on the post-Jobs Apple, including a personal favorite:
The trouble with dictatorship or absolute monarchy is that success or failure depend entirely upon the quality of the despot. That’s why they fail. And that’s why a democracy that limits the power of leaders is best — it still works, more or less, even when incompetent morons are in power.
But what about when the dictator is literally the single best person to lead? In those almost non-existently rare instances, despotism is by far the best form of government. Heaven, for example, is not a democracy.
- Apple Employees React to Steve Jobs’s Resignation (The Daily Beast)
- Where Some Earn Enmity, Jobs Won Affection (New York Times) about Steve’s uniqueness
- The NY Times has a very nice page with most of Steve Jobs patents – possible source of inspiration for the next version of all about Steve Jobs.com
- YouTube tribute: “We are all Steve”
- Adweek released an edited version of the Think Different ad with Steve Jobs in his right place at the end (the shot is from the 1981 video before he goes on TV for the first time)
Steve Jobs stories
- The Wall Street Journal’s compilation of Steve Jobs quotes good selection
- The First Time I Met Steve Jobs… Fast Company has a very nice compilation of a number of Steve Jobs stories that have come out after the resignation
- Icon Ambulance Vic Gundotra, former Microsoftee and current VP of Social at Google, tells the story of a call from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning
- Steve Jobs’ Two-Minute Lesson by Forbes editor Quentin Hardy
- An Inspiring Story About a Young Apple Fan’s Experience With Steve Jobs an encounter at the NY 5th Avenue Store opening
- My one question for Steve Jobs in 2000 recollection from a former Apple intern
- So, Steve Jobs has left his role as Apple’s CEO nice anecdote of an encounter on Apple’s campus by former employee David Cairns
- Apple all-star alumni recall Steve Jobs’ lessons on SFGate
- You’re the ones internal Apple employee meeting
- An encounter at a restaurant by Ryan at Gdgt
- Joe Nocera at the NY Times gives away (PDF) a great profile on Steve Jobs he wrote back in 1986 (during the early NeXT days) for Esquire
- How Apple works: Inside the world’s biggest startup the Fortune article is finally released. Apparently author Adam Lashinsky will turn it into a book later next year
- David Pogue dug out an old article of his from 1998
- The old story (related in Alan Deutschman’s The Second Coming) on the joke played by Steve and Larry Ellison on a naive guy who thought he could run Apple, back in 1998
On Steve’s health
- Steve Jobs: ‘Unfortunately, That Day Has Come’ BusinessWeek reports Steve spent a full day at the Apple campus before he tendered his resignation, including an ‘emotional’ meeting with his executive team
- Rarity of Steve Jobs’ cancer and treatment provides few predictions, few options The San Jose Mercury News confirms that no media/doctor, unless directly involved, know and can predict anything about Steve’s condition
- Jobs Struggled With Health Problems for Years The Wall Street Journal comes back on a decade of fight
- My Neighbor, Steve Jobs a touching story from a Palo Alto resident