Steve Jobs Takes A Medical Leave, Goes Out On Top

January 18, 2011

12:05 pm

Yesterday, iconic Apple leader Steve Jobs sent an email to employees taking a medical leave of absence. The email read as follows:

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

Sounds like Tim Cook is in charge of Apple for the time being, but regardless of if he comes back fast, or at all, we are rooting for Steve Jobs.

Jobs is a fighter – his history with cancer/illness began in 2003, then he took a short leave in 2004 after a successful surgery. For someone who was given less than a year to live, he came back strong. His changes in appearance over the years gave rise to many extreme rumors, yet Jobs continued in his leadership role until early 2009, with strong support from Wall Street. Later that year, Jobs had a liver transplant, then returned to work again. This is a man who does not give up.

Steve Jobs has changed the way we interact with technology and has lead Apple to be one of the most innovative companies on the planet. With 2010 being such a big year for Apple, launching the iPad and the iPhone 4, we feel that whether Steve Jobs comes back or not, right now he is going out on top, which is more than can be said of other legends and sports icons. We wish you a speedy recovery, Mr Jobs.

Image courtesy of Annie Bannanie.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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