How Colleagues, Friends and Competitors Remembered Steve Jobs

Tributes Pour in for Architect of Apple's Vision, Design

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Colleagues, friends, competitors, presidents -- you name it, and in some way, Steve Jobs influenced what they did. Here's what was said in remembrance.

"There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." -- President Barack Obama

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

"He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family." -- Google CEO Larry Page

"Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates

"Through his innovation, creativity and foresight, Steve Jobs enabled companies in all sectors to become closer to consumers all around the world. His inspiration and legacy will be felt by all of us for years to come." -- Keith Weed, Unilever chief marketing officer

"Steve Jobs was a great visionary and a respected competitor. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and to all of the employees of Apple." -- Research in Motion Ltd. co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

"Steve Jobs is one of those rare heroes who defines an era. His genius changed everyone's life." -- Omnicom Group CEO John Wren

"Steve was such an 'original,' with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend." -- Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger

"He was the most amazing person I have ever known. He was a genius. He was an innovator. He was the best client we ever had. He was my friend. To work with him, to share his vision, to share his passion, to be trusted by him with his ideas, is one of the great honors that we all have been able to share. We who worked with him every day will miss him. We who worked for him but never met him will miss him. We who work for TBWA but never worked on Apple will miss him. What Steve Jobs did was simply make everything and everyone better. I will miss him. "-- Lee Clow

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