We all knew it was coming, but I didn't expect it this soon. I was sleeping at the time, but I was shocked when I woke up and read that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO. I keep almost typing dead for some reason.
I wanted to share a story that I found on Cult of Mac about Steve's attention to detail.
This was apparently before Macworld SF January 2008, when Steve called Vic Gundotra on a Sunday to fix Google's logo. Before native apps, Google saved as a web app had the wrong shade of yellow on one of its letters.
“Hey Steve – this is Vic”, I said. “I’m sorry I didn’t answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn’t pick up”.
Steve laughed. He said, “Vic, unless the Caller ID said ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services”.
I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?
“So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I’ve already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow” said Steve. “I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient. It’s just wrong and I’m going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?”
I think the author of that post sums this up nicely: "It’s kind of funny that as the CEO of what is now one of the world’s largest companies, Steve still had time to worry about the littlest things. You and I probably wouldn’t have ever noticed that the second ‘O’ in the Google icon wasn’t the right gradient of yellow, but Steve did, and he made sure it was fixed."