Indian Entrepreneurs Salute Steve Jobs

6th Oct 2011
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What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal - Albert PikeSteve Jobs will remain immortal. Isn't it remarkable the way he has touched all our lives in one way or the other? But today, let me salute the entrepreneur in him. Living a life against the odds, Steve has given all of us as entrepreneurs a roadmap to live by and a light to guide us through the toughest moments. It is easy to say big things but it’s a different thing all together to live by the words and I bow to the man who just did that all along his life. I am sure like me, many of you reading this must have faced a lot of hardships on your entrepreneurial journey, let us all never forget Steve and the way he has shown us during these moments.

As entrepreneurs in India, today we are together in our feelings and bereavement. Here let me capture what some of our promising Indian entrepreneurs have to say -

Sriram V Iyer, United Mobile Apps, “Jobs was an expert of creating expectations and beating them by the proverbial mile. He was a master of creating markets – iPhones, iPads, iPods and so on. A true Genius, Visionary and Leader par None. You truly made a dent in the universe. We'll miss you, but look up to you for inspiration. You'll live in our memories. "na hanyate hanyamane sarire" [The soul is not slain when the body is slain – Bhagawat Geeta. Chapter 2, Verse 20]”

K. Bhaskar, elLoka, Like Drona for Ekalavya, Steve has been a virtual mentor for me and my team - He gave a new definition to Product design for the world and left all so called CEO's to learn from his Creative Past.

Siddharth Mangharam, Floh, “As an ex-microsoft employee, I have the highest respect for what Steve Jobs has accomplished. He's truly defined the post PC era and leaves behind perhaps the greatest legacy that entrepreneurs can learn from.”

Anand, Kuliza, “Steve jobs is a truly inspirational leader for our generation. His greatest legacy would not just be the products he created but the number of innovative companies he will inspire.”

Kallidil Kalidasan, MindHelix, “The man who moved computers from a room to a portable box. Man responsible for the smartphone revolution! Really a sad day! Truly, Steve changed the world immeasurably!”

Kshitij Minglani, Homebuy360, “It was not about technology, not about creating a product that sells, but empowering the human race by creating change agents. And, as we leave for office today, we carry his thought in our pockets.”

Divyesh Kharade, Deltecs, “The world will not be the same any more. Steve Jobs re-defined and re-designed people's life like never before. Truly the darkest day for all technology innovators! R.I.P Steve Jobs: An apple will be co-related to you more than Newton”

Suruchi Wagh, Next Leap, “ “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life” Steve Jobs said in his unforgettable commencement speech at Stanford University which we watched recently to celebrate YourNextLeap’s 1st Anniversary. Everyone nodded in agreement, but I never thought it would dawn upon him so soon. He will be missed so very much!

He has changed the way we all see the world! Apart from all his creations at Apple and Pixar – his recent retirement – only shows his commitment to his work and to the world of technology. Today, I value my MAC more than ever before!”

Swapnil Kale, United Linkers, “Revolutionary Leader of our times! We shall miss him dearly!

Manish Dhingra, Mediology Software, “A man whose Entrepreneurial escapades have been told a zillion times, who has inspired two different generations of entrepreneurs, who till today is god like in terms of how technology can change many aspects of your daily life (music, computing, films, mobile, publishing), who epitomizes the value of never give up, 'stay hungry, stay foolish', success will eventually arrive. We have been lucky to witness all of these first hand in this life time. Steve will be remembered every time I hold my iPhone to get some work done on my entrepreneurial venture.”

Kapil Kaushik, Sparsha Learning, "Stay hungry, stay foolish - was certainly one of the most touching speeches for me. Not many people overcome the odds that he did, but then that's what passion is all about."

Neel Shah, Spoxchange, "Steve Jobs is an idol in many ways. His leadership skills have been phenomenal and has showed a fighting spirit time and again. But one thing, I feel, all entrepreneurs should learn from Steve Jobs/Apple is not to differentiate your product/service on price. Make good quality products and charge a premium rather than keeping low margins and trying to sell more."

Swetansu Mohapatra, FoodKhoj, "The Poster boy of every Entrepreneur. A Shrewd Businessman, a Great Visionary and an Inspiration - all built into One Legend. The cupid who introduced Technology to Temptation... and the rest, as they say, is history!"

Krithika Nelson, Shopo.in, "Here’s to the crazy ones, the rebels, the troublemakers, the ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” -  That's what Steve Jobs is about and that is what he left to the world - the courage to do what you believe in and find some way to get there!

That has been the single most valuable lesson he has left for every entrepreneur in the present and the future! We are going to miss him very dearly!"

Reactions from all across India are pouring in, and we will keep sharing with you the sentiments of entrepreneurs here in India.

- Shradha Sharma

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