The internet/humanity has died a little today with the news that visionary tech innovator Steve Jobs has resigned as the CEO of Apple.
This is his resignation letter:
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.
In the words of a Steve Jobs-obsessed friend: “He was the most valuable and most irreplaceable CEO of our time. I just think it’s sad symbolically, of course he’s still alive and a part of the company but his health is obviously in decline, and he’s had to let go (to a certain degree) of his company.”