Last Thursday, November 7th Steve Jobs was posthumously inducted into the the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. Accepting the award for Jobs was Apple’s SVP Eddy Cue, who has now tweeted a link to a video of the event. As TechCrunch notes, Cue’s speech was at times very emotional and talked of the deep friendship he and Jobs had:
“He was a colleague, but most important, he was my friend. We talked every day, we talked about everything,” Cue says. “Even in my darkest days, he was there for me. When my wife had cancer, he was there for us. He helped me with the doctors and the treatments, he told me a lot about what he was going through, and her. And in many ways, she’s here tonight because of him, so thank you, Steve.”
Cue also told this story of Jobs’ precision in deciding how the light should hit the original iMac on stage when it was first introduced–a level of detail that we are all so familiar with from Jobs now:
He taught me many things but none more important than ‘do what you love’. That’s what he did every day. It wasn’t about fame, it wasn’t about fortune, it was about creating great products. And not accepting anything less than perfection. As I was coming in today, I was trying to remember a story of the first time I learned that from Steve. We were launching the iMac, in Bondi blue…we were doing this at the Flint center in Cupertino. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the venue, Stomp was there the night before, we were launching it the next day and we could only get in at midnight. So we come in at midnight, we were going to do rehearsals…one of the things we wanted to do was have the iMac come out from the stage as he was introducing it. And we’d shine some lights. I was sitting out in the crowd…and the iMac comes out and the light comes on it and I said “wow, that is so cool!”
Steve stops the whole thing and says “stop, this sucks!” He says, “it should come out at the side where you can see the color, the light should be shining at this side and when it turns to the front that’s when it should turn on…30 minutes later we do the whole thing again and when I see it come out I said ‘wow, he was absolutely right, it’s incredible’. He had that level of detail for everything he did, and that’s what he taught us.
You can check out the video montage of the event below.
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