Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

Summary: As we move on to an era without Steve at the helm, we wish him a long, enjoyable, joy-filled life.

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As you no doubt know by now, Steve Jobs has resigned from his role as Apple CEO. Jobs will retain an Apple affiliation as Chairman of the Board, but he's no longer going to be involved in day-to-day activities.

Tim Cook, Apple's now former Chief Operating Officer, is the new CEO.

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I've had many tussles with Jobs over the years, but I have never failed to recognize his iconic role as a great American. There is no living American with a more fascinating story or who has directly touched our lives and our futures as much as Jobs.

Thirteen months ago, after the iPhone 4 "bumper" fiasco, I recommended Steve retire from Apple. I wrote, in an open letter, these sentiments:

You have been one the most transformative figures in the history of American business, up there with Thomas Edison, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and, yes, Bill Gates. You are an iconic American figure. You are an American strategic asset.

I continue to believe this. Steve, like all of us, has always had his flaws. He's got a temper, he's hard on the people who work for him, he's impatient, and he's almost fanatically demanding. But it's these features, these flaws, that -- combined with an amazing internal drive -- have made Apple what it is, today: perhaps America's greatest company.

To be fair, I also have had my share of disagreements with Apple, many of them brought about because of the unique and often unwavering demands of Jobs-the-CEO. But, no matter how you look at it, Apple inspires a level of loyalty, appreciation, and, yes, love, that no other company has been capable of igniting.

Steve, as you also know, has had a challenging illness. Although the abrupt announcement of his resignation made no mention of his condition, it doesn't take an Apple engineer to put two-and-two together. He may have taken a turn for the worse.

And so, as we move on to an era without Steve at the helm, we wish him a long, enjoyable, joy-filled life.

Oh, and one more thing.

Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

See also: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

Topics: Legal, Apple, Enterprise Software, Security

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Steve Jobs hasn't done anything for us

    He was a figurehead. In the old days, sailors would believe that the figurehead at the front of the boat was responsible for protecting them from evil spirits. Of course it didn't but it made for a nice story and it improved morale.

    Steve Jobs is a figurehead.

    I choose to thank the true visionaries, the true geniuses, the true hard workers at Apple who brought me fantastic devices like my iPad, my iPhone, and my MacBook.

    Bye bye Jobs, we won't even notice that you are gone.
    toddybottom
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom

      What have you done that's so great, little man?
      msalzberg
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom

      And you're nothing but an ignorant prick.
      smulji
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        ItsTheBottomLine
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom I'm assuming you have facts about what you're stating.
      IAmMarty
      • My proof is that Jobs has been gone for years

        @IAmMarty
        He has admitted this himself.
        toddybottom
      • What he admitted himself? Jobs is contemporary version Tom Edison

        @toddybottom: a visionary, that grasped ideas, saw their perspectives and had the energy to implement them for common people like no one else before.
        DDERSSS
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom

      I am a business student. Let me teach you the role of a CEO.
      1. Provide a vision for the company
      2. Make sure people directly under you are doing their job

      This is by far the most important job in any corporation. Apple's best engineer could disappear overnight and nobody would care, but without a good leader the company breaks down.

      Sure some leaders will go above and beyond and do more, but the best leaders know how to delegate. That's why you can be a great business leader without moving a finger. With all that said, your assertion that Steve is nothing more than a figurehead is ridiculous.
      anono
      • Good luck with your education

        @anono
        Seriously, always good to see young people get an education.

        That being said, you still happen to be wrong about Steve Jobs. He has been gone from Apple for years, the same years that Apple has seen its most success.

        Many in the world have been fooled by the man who would sit on a couch and have us believe that he had anything to do with the iconic iPhone that people far better than him created. Remember, this is a man who actually banned all books from a publisher because they dared to release a book that wasn't full of praise for the man:
        http://www.bakelblog.com/nobodys_business/2005/05/steve_jobs_from.html
        (follow the link at the bottom to the hilarious and oh so true comic).

        Steve Jobs is a figurehead. He is the man who sat on a couch and said "one more thing" just like it was a tacky sitcom catchphrase.
        toddybottom
      • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

        @toddybottom

        I am a business student. Let me teach you the role of a CEO.
        1. Provide a vision for the company
        2. Make sure people directly under you are doing their job

        This is by far the most important job in any corporation. Apple's best engineer could disappear overnight and nobody would care, but without a good leader the company breaks down.

        Sure some leaders will go above and beyond and do more, but the best leaders know how to delegate. That's why you can be a great business leader without moving a finger. With all that said, your assertion that Steve is nothing more than a figurehead is ridiculouss
        anono
      • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

        @anono

        Toddybottom is probably some grab-asstic nerd who thinks that companies with assembly language programmers are nirvana and "suits" are morons. Work at enough places and you realize how that's so not true. Leadership in the end matters far more than tech people lend credence to. I speak from experience having given up on the "church of Dilbert" long ago.

        -M
        betelgeuse68
      • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

        @anono With out the engineers the CEO has nothing to lead with his vision. Both are equally important. They tend to not teach that though, you learn that through experience.
        voska1
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom You are the lowest of low- you give trolls a bad name.
      phillipc@...
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom You DO realize that without Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple back after the Gil Amelio days that Apple would not be here? He may or may not have come up with the devices themselves - although he at least had a lot of input on them - he did assemble and manage the engineers that refined those ideas and made them happen. In other words he had a much larger role to play than you give him credit for. And repeating this on every single post about Job's retirement does not make it any more true.
      athynz
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom

      Toadybottom, I notice you pretend to own Apple products somehow thinking it makes your bashing seem legitimate.
      rfoto
      • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

        @rfoto

        He did the same thing when he posted as "NonZealot" and "woulddie4apple."
        msalzberg
    • Apple wasn't always a big company

      it grew with the vision and effort of it's early employees including Jobs.

      To not recognising Apple's, lead during it most inventive periods by Steve Jobs, contributions is astonishing.

      Thanks Steve
      Richard Flude
      • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

        @Richard Flude

        Well said!!
        Fan_of_Tech
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom If those same people had worked at other large companies, under other leaders, the bureaucracies of those companies would most likely have stifled them. Steve encouraged and magnified powerful ideas and great execution. And his new product demos were without equal. Over the course of his career, he became a superlative business manager. Even as Chairman, he'll continue to have a real impact.
      NotPaidToSayThis
    • RE: Thank you, Steve. For all you've done, for all of us.

      @toddybottom what do you know about what goes in internally in Apple? So it's pure coincidence that Apple's fortunes were radically reversed when Jobs came back is it? You have very little intelligence, idiot! Without Jobs Apple would no longer exist!

      Take your views to a web site where you know what you are talking about but I doubt you are educated on anything.
      johnjo1