It is the end of one era and the beginning of another.
On Wednesday, Stephen P. Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO.
Equally exciting and possibly bigger news, KenKotch.com launched on Thursday.
Jobs has been called the irreplaceable creative force behind Apple. Tim Cook will replace him as CEO. Jobs is now the Chairman of the board.
While Ken Kotch did not write any letters (yet) Jobs and Cook did.
In his letter to the Apple Board of directors and the Apple community, Jobs wrote:
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.
Apple’s new CEO has promised that Apple will not change. He said in a letter to employees:
…I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do…