Steve Jobs was a visionary whose genius transformed how we experience technology. Generations of Apple fans (if not fanatics) understand that what has distinguished everything from the iPhone to the iPad was Jobs’s relentless focus on making tasks and activities not just simple, but downright intuitive replica breitling – and more fun as a result. It’s hard to imagine many others in this century whose legacy will be so large or whose impact so widespread.
– Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School
The ultimate anti-MBA — a vegan who shunned formal schooling, dropped acid in India, and converted to Buddhism before he built the highest market-cap company in the world. Equal parts vicious competitor and unabashed aesthete, Steve Jobs championed products that were too beautiful and too expensive, that we said we’d never use. And then showed us that, actually, he knew us far better than we knew ourselves.
– Colin Barry, HBS ’12, Chairman of the Board, Harbus News Corporation
Steve was a revolutionary in all senses of the word: through his charisma, his brilliance, his leadership, and even his abrasiveness, he transformed four industries — computing, music, cellular telephony, and computing a second time with the iPad.
– David B. Yoffie, Professor of International Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean, Chair, Executive Education
At my 2005 Stanford commencement, Steve Jobs reminded us that ‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.’ Leading by example, Jobs showed us that ignoring the noise of other people’s opinions and pursuing one’s true passion not only brings meaning and self-fulfillment, but is itself a path to success.
– Peter Coles, Assistant Professor
Steve Jobs was an inspiration to us all. He steadfastly pursued his vision by building tools – hardware, software, and systems – that enabled us to not just think different, but live better. His legacy reminds us how powerful it is to love what we do, and to do what we love.
– Andrew Rosenthal, HBS ’12, Co-Founder, HBS Startup Tribe
Steve Jobs had an extremely complex personality, yet his products were paragons of clarity, simplicity, and elegance. He had a single-minded focus, yet he was able to learn and radically evolve after his failures. In short, he was both a glaring cautionary tale and a tremendous role model for the next generation of founders. In the end, Jobs did indeed leave the large ‘dent in the universe’ to which he aspired replica watches uk, one that was at least as big as that left by any other founder of his generation. We will be much the poorer for having lost him too soon.
– Noam Wasserman, Associate Professor
Steve Jobs was an inspiration. His legacy is about looking beyond the familiar. His commitment to innovating by finding the connection between diverse subjects, disciplines, and perspectives is a lesson for all business leaders. It was through this approach that he achieved such a deep and meaningful understanding of the consumer experience, which in turn led us all to see the power of emotional intelligence in business.
– Jon Dick and Funa Maduka, HBS ’12, Co-Presidents, HBS Student Association
Steve Jobs revolutionized the relationship between people and technology through design. Along the way, he changed the world and inspired generations to think different.
– Stefan Thomke, Professor of Business Administration
Steve Jobs is that rare business leader that didn’t fall off an assembly line. He’s had the pleasure of inspiring millions, and many will fall short in trying to replicate his methods and success.
– Josh Yang, HBS ’12, Chief Innovation Officer, HBS Student Association
From a business perspective, Steve showed us that technology companies don’t actually compete on technology. Apple wins because of a relentless focus on how its products interface with their users on both a physical and emotional level.
– Matthew Noble, HBS ’12, Co-President, Entrepreneurship Club
From a business perspective, I really take to heart that Steve took risks with mixed results but persevered. He started Apple, started NeXT, started Pixar, sold Pixar to Disney for billions, sold NeXT to Apple for next to nothing, regained control of Apple, drove Apple to become the most valuable company in the world over this past summer. If Steve hadn’t failed numerous times would he have been able to be as successful an Apple CEO the last time around? I don’t think so. Jobs deserves a place on the podium of great American inventors with Edison, Ford, and Einstein.
– Robert Uhlemann, HBS ‘12, Apple Global Supply Manager Intern
His passion was certainly felt throughout Apple’s campus. On any given day, Apple employees very much strove to live up to his vision and creativity.
– Juan Felix, HBS ’12, Apple Finance Intern
User-centricity had become a throwaway line. Jobs restored its meaning. More broadly, what a wonderful reminder of the positive way in which business – and business leaders – can impact society.
– Bharat Anand, Professor of Business Administration
Steve Jobs’ accomplishments and impact are a testament to the power of one driven individual to change the world as a result of the strength of his convictions and his willingness to break the mold. We should all be so bold.
– Will Clayton, HBS ’12, Board Member, Harbus News Corporation