Steve Jobs would have turned 59 today if not for his untimely death in October 2011. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook took to the airwaves today to commemorate the Apple founder and cultural icon’s birth date. Cook tweeted two quotes from Jobs as part of his remembrance.

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Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. He passed away in October of 2011 after struggling with cancer for a number of years. Jobs extended his life with a liver transplant, but still tied at the young age of 56.

Cook tweets Steve Jobs quotes

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Cook chose to honor Jobs by reminding people of Jobs’s vision and unique character. “Remembering my friend Steve on his birthday,” Cook tweeted this morning. “‘Stay hungry, Stay foolish.’ We honor him by continuing the work he loved so much.”

Cook tweeted another quote from Jobs a few minutes later: “Details matter. It’s worth waiting to get it right.”

Steve Jobs bio

Jobs cut his teeth working for Atari in the mid-1970s. Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in 1976. The first Apple computers were sold from Jobs’s parents’ garage. Apple computers took off shortly thereafter as the market for personal computers began to grow rapidly.

Jobs designed the Macintosh in 1984. The Mac introduced the concept of a graphical user interface. The mouse GUI became the standard for personal computers.

Despite the many successes of Jobs at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), he was removed from his executive duties and resigned in 1985.

After departing Apple, Jobs founded NeXT computers. The company was never a big success and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) bought NeXT for $429 million in 1996.

Jobs also became involved in Pixar while he was away from Apple.

Apple was also struggling during this period, and when Jobs rejoined Apple when NeXt was acquired he was appointed CEO.

Jobs cleaned house upon his return to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). He tirelessly promoted the development of a new products focusing on accessibility, eye-catching design and innovative, consumer-friendly features.

The iPod was the revamped company’s first big hit, with 200 million iPods sold as of 2010. By 2008, iTunes had become the second biggest music retailer in U.S., with more than 6 billion song downloads.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) entered the mobile phone market with the iPhone in 2007, and one of the most popular consumer products in history was launched.