Pune pays tribute to Steve Jobs

"I feel part of me died today. RIP Steve Jobs. And thank you for all the fire of ideas you put into all of us who are trying to connect the dots", read the FB status message of 28-year-old, Pune based entrepreneur Hasit Seth on Thursday.

"Very few have turned history the way Jobs has. I have studied Apple and the work done by Jobs for 15 years and I am a big fan," says Seth. The apple homepage, incidentally, crashed hours after his death was officially announced.

Raghunath Mashelkar, Former Director General of CSIR, says he always derived inspiration from Jobs.

"I have not had the good fortune of interacting with him personally but in almost all my speeches I have made a mention of him. He is the best example of 'through knowledge generate wealth' or as we say the path of Lakshmi through Saraswati. He epitomised the American people and everyone who dared to dream saying it was always possible to do what you wanted to, if you hear your inner voice." Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice-Chairman, Cognizant, paying tribute to Jobs, said, "More than the novel gadgets he pioneered as breathtaking combinations of art and technology, his legacy will be the sheer brilliance of the myriad ways in which he helped the world experience and appreciate its digital future."

Mritunjay Singh, development center Head, Infosys, Pune said, "It is a great loss to the technology world. He created a whole new icon, a technology that was not known earlier. The world will miss him immensely."

Ganesh Natrajan, Chairman NASSCOM and CEO Zensar Technologies said, "There have been only three truly great legends that have lived and died in the US in our generation, John F Kennedy, John Lennon and Steve Jobs. None of us will forget the amazing launch of Apple Mac with a young girl in a red outfit on television who runs past an army of "big blue" suited folks to smash the screen for the emergence of a truly delightful product. Since that first launch, Steve has stunned the IT world with a string of successes, the iPod. iPad, iTunes and iCloud being the last four. His uncanny ability to create rather than predict demand is unmatched in the tech world and even in the converging world of information communications and entertainment the world over. Let us celebrate the life and death of a truly original masterpiece, Steve Jobs!"

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