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Steve Jobs Once Called Google to Complain About Their Logo’s Appearance On His iPhone

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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One unique quality of a leader is attention to detail. It’s a quality all leaders should have. It’s no wonder the former CEO of Apple, one of the most successful companies of our time, Steve Jobs, had this quality in abundance. 

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In a post shared by former Google Vice President, Vic Gundotra, he highlighted this quality in the then-CEO as he shared a story of how he was called on a Sunday. He was amazed at the call but was further amazed by the reason for the call.

Steve had told him, “ So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need to be addressed right away” He had highlighted the second O in Google had a different gradient color that wasn’t correct. 

“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 OK with you?” He had asked Gundotra 

The Innovative and Creative Spirit of Steve Jobs

This action from Steve Jobs shows how dedicated and detailed he was in business. It’s no wonder the company, Apple Inc. stands tall amidst all kinds of challenges.

The innovative and creative spirit he had spurred his company to create and build up great products, with skills too. 

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He had said in an interview with Bloomberg in 2004, “Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem,” 

Gundotra had shared this story in complete admiration of Jobs, as he had made a positive impact on him and his business.

His Influence On Apple Inc.

Following Job’s retirement, many people discussed his influence on the technology sector, frequently equating him with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

While Jobs is remembered for his lively personality and inventive spirit, Gates is recognized for his reserved manner. 

The tale that Gundotra told, which has since become tech folklore, captures the spirit of Jobs’s influence: an unrelenting quest for perfection, even in what appear to be insignificant details. 

Sadly, Jobs lost his fight to a rare form of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011, a little more than one month after he resigned.

His passing at the age of 56 signaled the end of an era for Apple and the technology industry, but his influence endures in Apple’s innovative ideas and design tenets.


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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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