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Steve Jobs Resignation: Two Years On

24 August 2013 1,463 views 3 Comments

It was two years ago today that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple. Here is the resignation letter he submitted to the board and public…

It was two years ago today that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple. Here is the resignation letter he submitted to the board and public, informing them of his decision to step down:

Letter from Steve Jobs
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.

Steve

Less than two months later, on October 5, Steve Jobs died at home, surrounded by family. According to his sister, Mona Simpson, Jobs last words were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow” — the stuff of legend.

Steve Jobs: Looking Back

Although the company is no longer growing by leaps and bounds, Jobs vision remains strong. Yes, there is a lot of carping about how Apple has lost its way and that it can no longer innovate, it’s little more than than link bait — the usual “Steve would never” hubris.

Apple Senior marketing VP Phil Schiller called out the doubters — Can’t innovative anymore my ass — during his introduction of the all-new 2013 Mac Pro.

Over the next weeks, we get to see some of the last products Steve Jobs had a personal role in shaping.

As Apple moves toward Tim Cook’s “busy Fall,” today’s a good to remember Steve Jobs and think ahead to a future that’s insanely greater because of him…

What’s your take?

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