Steve Jobs is one of the greatest business people that has ever graced this earth. From humble beginnings, he has shown us what human potential is all about. From co-inventing the first Apple computer to adding beautiful fonts that were inspired by auditing calligraphy classes at Reed College, he took the mundane and the beautiful and created wonderful simplicity in design. He showed us that all business is showbiz in the best sense of the word.
Steve embodies the spirit of Silicon Valley and California. His graduation address at Stanford in 2005 is one of the truly great presentations. “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” will go down in history as one of the most memorable insights into creativity and competitiveness. Savor his words, for his story is the story of Silicon Valley, the spirit of our times.
I wish Steve and his family many good times ahead together. No matter what happens, all of us are deeply indebted to his vision, hard work and courage to do the impossible, to overcome the odds, not once, but many, many times. His life reflects the spirit of Daruma — seven times down, eight up. As chairman of Apple, I know he will lead us into an amazing future, another step in his journey with us.
So, as Steve reminds us: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish….Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”