Reacties op dood Steve Jobs: ‘it’s been an insanely great honor’

Gisteren overleed Steve Jobs, medeoprichter en topman van technologiebedrijf Apple, op 56-jarige leeftijd. Hij wordt door velen op handen gedragen als een van de grootste zieners en innovatoren op het gebied van technologie. Over de hele wereld wordt er met verdriet gereageerd op zijn dood.


Op de website van Apple spreekt het bedrijf van het verlies van een visionair en een goede vriend:

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Hieronder vindt u de reacties van onder andere Bill Gates en Mark Zuckerberg. Heeft u behoefte om te reageren op de dood van Steve Jobs dan kan dat hier.

De opvolger van Jobs, Tim Cook, stuurde na het overlijden van de oud-topman de volgende mail aan alle Apple-medewerkers:


I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.


Mark Zuckerberg

Oprichter van Facebook Mark Zuckerberg bedankt Jobs op zijn profiel voor zijn rol als mentor:

Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

Barack Obama

De Amerikaanse president Barack Obama reageert op de website van het Witte Huis. Volgens hem was Jobs een van de grootste Amerikaanse innovatoren:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Bill Gates

In een email laat Microsoft-topman Bill Gates weten dat hij Jobs zal missen en dat het een “eer” was om met hem te hebben gewerkt:

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. I’m truly saddened to learn of (his) death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.”

Larry Page

Mede-oprichter van Google Larry Page laat op Google+ weten dat Jobs een “groot man” was en bedankt hem voor zijn hulp en adviezen ondanks het feit dat ze concurrenten waren.

“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.”

Sergey Brin

Mede-oprichter van Google, Sergey Brin op Google+:

“From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.

Stephen Elop

Nokia-topman Stephen Elop zegt op Twitter dat Jobs herinnerd zal worden om zijn voorliefde voor elegantie:
Twitter avatar selop Stephen Elop Steve’s passion for simplicity and elegance leaves a legacy that will endure. Thoughts of all at Nokia are with his friends and family.


Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Oud-chef internet van NRC Handelsblad, Ernst-Jan Pfauth looft de eigenzinnigheid van Jobs:

Twitter avatar ejpfauth Ernst-Jan Pfauth De nalatenschap van Steve Jobs: conformeren is funest voor vooruitgang, durf tegen elke stroom in te zwemmen. Here’s to the crazy ones

Hans Nijenhuis

Hans Nijenhuis, uitgever NRC Media:

“Dankzij de Ipad kunnen wij de krant nu lezen waar we maar willen, wanneer we maar willen, altijd mooi gedrukt en (bijna) altijd vlekkeloos bezorgd. En tussendoor even mail checken, kijken hoe laat de trein vertrekt etc. Ja, zelden heeft een man die we persoonlijk niet kennen zoveel betekend voor ons persoonlijke leven. Thank you, sir.”

Alexander Klöpping

Internetondernemer Alexander Klöpping reageerde vannacht geschrokken op het nieuws:

Twitter avatar AlexanderNL Alexander Klöpping Steve Jobs is overleden. Ongelofelijk.
Twitter avatar AlexanderNL Alexander Klöpping Iedereen wist dat het er aan zat te komen. En toch schrik. ging op zwart en verzamelde ook een aantal reacties van prominente Amerikanen.