Carol Bartz On Steve Jobs: “He Didn’t Get To Where He Was By Having People Like Him All The Time”

Steve Jobs had made a profound impact on the digitial world and he also made an impact on everyone he worked with closely as well as admirers from a far. Most notable business figures like Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg gave beautiful tributes of admiration but others were a bit more glib but honest like Carol Bartz. The former CEO of Yahoo and Autodesk has known Jobs since the 1980s. Known for telling it like it is, she spoke of her experience working with Jobs in the mid-1990s. She recalled having some harsh words with Jobs when Autodesk, which develops computer-aided design software, decided to stop developing software for the Apple Mac computer platform. Bartz on Jobs on Wednesday:

“It’s the ultimate sadness. First of all, it’s a young person who was revered, sometimes feared, but always revered. In a way, it’s kind of prophetic; everyone was hoping he could be on stage yesterday” during Apple’s iPhone announcement. “He was a very special person, and he didn’t get to where he was by having people like him all the time. He got to where he was because he had a vision and a purpose. It’s easy to try and please everyone, but he kept to his principles.”

Other notable business figures paid tribute to one of the great minds of the technology field through various social media outlets.

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. and former CEO of eBay Inc., said: “Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world.”

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, joined CEO Mark Zuckerberg in updating her Facebook status in memory of Apple Inc.’s Steve Jobs yesterday. “I join millions around the world in paying tribute to Steve Jobs,” Sandberg posted. “The world will miss him.”

Bill Gates tweeted: “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco wrote: “Such a sad day. His vision and creativity will live forever.”

Arianna Huffington quoted Jobs in her tribute to him: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

Read more tributes to Gates, from celebrities via Twitter, here.

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    • Cris Bee

      Steve Jobs was also a nasty man. Let’s remember that. He was no Albert Einstein who was a true humanist, no Isaac Newton, Copernicus or Galileo. He made a better butter churn that in 50 years or less will be replaced and forgotten. And he was darn nasty along the way – who needs it? He’s not an example of what a man or human being should be – he’s an egomaniac. So he made money…did he take it with him? Where is his ego now? A true man doesn’t have to bully, manipulate, lie and cheat. I don’t find him inspiring. I find him tedious and irritating…childish. His legacy is being overrated.