Google’s Vic Gundotra Recalls Steve Jobs’ “Icon Ambulance” Story

News | Wednesday August 24 2011 1:17 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , ,

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice-President of Engineering shares an interesting story of Steve Jobs’ on Google+, which highlights Steve Jobs attention for even the minutest details.
He recalls how he got a call from Steve Jobs on a Sunday in January 2008 to discuss an urgent issue.
“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”. 
“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 [Christie] fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?”
Steve Jobs later sent Gundotra an email with the subject line “Icon Ambulance”.
MacRumors reports that the Google icon being discussed was probably for Apple ‘s 2008 Macworld San Francisco keynote speech as seen below, where Steve Jobs introduced webclips and custom home screen icons for the iPhone , before the
was launched.
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.
Thanks Gundotra for sharing!

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