Steve Jobs called a Google Engineer on a Sunday with an emergency: the gradient on their O was slightly off
Steve Jobs' attention to detail is legendary, almost as much as how demanding he was to the people he worked with. That's why Vic Gundotra, who was responsible for all Google Mobile applications in 2008, rushed to call Steve Jobs back when he called him on a Sunday during his church services. Vic describes Steve's request as follows:
"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?"
While this may seem excessive, almost tyrannical to some, Vic Gundotra had a different read on it:
"But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday."
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