Apple founder Steve Jobs dies aged 56

Tributes pour in from the world's top entrepreneurs

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and inspiration to millions of start-ups, has died at the age of 56 after a seven-year battle with cancer.

Over the past thirty years Jobs has become one of the world’s most recognised and revered entrepreneurs, due to the meteoric success of Apple, the company he founded in a garage at the age of 20.

Jobs oversaw Apple’s rise to become the world’s foremost technology company, with a market valuation in excess of $300bn and a host of products famous the world over – notably the iPod, iPhone and Apple Mac computer.

In addition to spearheading Apple’s drive to global success, Jobs also founded the popular movie animation studio Pixar and NeXT Computer Co, which was ultimately sold to Apple for $400m.

A host of other world-famous entrepreneurs have sent tributes in the wake of Jobs’ death. Bill Gates said “it’s been an insanely great honour” to work with him, while Mark Zuckerberg thanked him for “showing that what you build can change the world.” Spotify founder Daniel Ek called Jobs “a Da Vinci of our time.”

Jobs in quotes

During his 35 years in business, Steve Jobs provided hundreds of quotes about business and entrepreneurship. Here are some of the most memorable:

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

“Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10.30 at night with a new idea, or because they realised something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.”

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Entrepreneur and Startups guest blogger Daniel Priestly said the Apple co-founder “will inspire me for the rest of my life.” Read his tribute to the life and legacy of Steve Jobs


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