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He Has Resigned

August 25, 2011 - Dave Hecei
The news has rung throughout the world, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple, Inc. While looking around on the Internet, mostly to tech and news sites, one would almost believe that Mr. Jobs had died. This has not happened. He has only resigned his CEO position.

Jobs wrote:

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.


Jobs was one of the original co-founders of Apple Computers, Inc., now known as just Apple, Inc., back in 1976. From the Jobs' family garage, they started out with the Apple I computer board and with that success created the super popular Apple II computer, and its many variants (II+, IIe, IIc, IIgs). It was the creation of the first Macintosh, the first personal computer to have a mouse, where Steve Jobs really shined. Shortly after the Mac, Jobs, who was sometimes reported as combative and a tyrant, was ousted from the company he founded.

Through the next 10 years, Apple went from super profitability to near disaster. In 1996 most tech pundits had basically all but buried Apple saying it was dead. In 1997, Apple purchased NeXT, the computer company Jobs started after he left Apple. It was purchased to get the NeXT operating system, but Jobs came along with the deal and eventually became an interim CEO after the departure of Gil Amelio.

With Jobs back in command, he slashed all the dead weight at Apple and within a year, and the help of the soon to be famous Jonathan Ives, create the iMac. The iMac soon became the hottest selling consumer computer ever and brought Apple back from the brink. The first iMac was released on May of 1998. Jobs had done the impossible, he saved Apple. Something that was, at the time, thought to be an impossible mission.

After the iMac came an amazing string of hits, something that I doubt will ever be done again by any other CEO. First was the iPod, which set the bar for all personal music devices. Then came the iPhone, which again set the standard for 'smart phones'. Then his last, and maybe greatest product, the iPad. The iPad created a whole new computing class, the tablet PC. This is not the tablet PC as envisioned by Microsoft, but a truly personal, super thin, super light, and fast device that is operated with just the touch of your finger.

Steve Jobs didn't invent all these products. What he has are the most amazing group of employees you could imagine, but he does have the vision, the will, and maybe something indescribable that allows him to get the very best out of everyone around him.

Apple will go on. Jobs will stay on as the chairman of the board. I hope that we will still see him at future Apple events doing what he does best, showing the world the next best thing.


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