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Rest In Peace Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011

October 5th was a sad day.  It started out rainy and cold here in Southern California.  Late in the afternoon I heard the news that Apple announced the death of co-founder Steve Jobs.  While he certainly had his share of negative press, he cannot be denied the gratitude of our society for the many great changes he helped bring about especially in the area of technology.

I wanted to share two famous quotes by Mr. Jobs:

— BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than
complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move
mountains.

— Interview with 60 Minutes, 2003

My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s
kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total
was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things
in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of
people.

I hope that you stop and take a minute today to just ponder how profoundly the world has changed in the past 30 years and know that with perserverance, the next 30 are even more promising.

Rest In Peace Mr. Jobs.  We truly thank you!

Status Not Quo and Xoobis

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