Vic Gundotra's Thoughts on Jobs Resignation From Apple

Vic Gundotra's Thoughts on Jobs Resignation From Apple

09/19/11

iHospital was constructed to fix, repair and upgrade Apple iDevices and computers. As you can imagine we live, eat and dream about Steve Jobs. Not only is he the pioneer of digital technology, he successfully perfected it and then delivered it to the masses. Steve believes computers should promote human creativity through touch, feel and design - as well as sheer enjoyment. Shockingly, Steve Jobs wrote an email from his hospital bed on August 1st, 2011 breaking the news to the world he is battling Pancreatic Cancer. He has already undergone three surgeries and has looked visibly frailer in recent photographs. Fortunately, we are thrilled to report his prognosis is excellent - he’s already back at work part-time in his new position as company chairman. Reflecting on his ordeal, Steve mentioned, “One of the things that came out of this whole experience [with cancer], I realized that I love my life. I love being with my family and I love running Apple and Pixar. I am very lucky.” (And we’re lucky to have him).

Google Executive, Vic Gundotra, praised Steve Jobs as “one of the greatest leaders he’s ever met. He painted Jobs as a man who cared about the small details (as you can tell by Apple’s packaging) and despite his position reached out in a personal way to make things happen. Vic recalled a telephone conversation with Steve in 2008: Vic had missed Steve’s call and explained he was in a religious service. Steve laughed and said, “Vic, unless the caller ID says ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services”. Steve went on to explain that the second O in Google’s logo wasn’t displaying properly on the iPhone (it wasn’t the right gradient of yellow). He asked for Vic’s approval to have a member of his team, Greg Christie, fix the icon. Vic was humbled by Steve’s demeanor and said of course! A short time later (on a Sunday nonetheless) he received an email from Steve with “Icon Ambulance” in the subject line. They fixed the small detail and Vic gained a valuable lesson he shared in his Google Plus post, “CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.” Long time operating officer Tim Cook has taken over at Apple as Chief Executive. Will Apple suffer as a result of Steve’s departure? Not likely. A survey condcuted by ChangeWave during the week of September 6th - 12th, 2011 shows only 4% of 2,297 consumers were “less likely” to buy Apple because of Steve’s absence. Furthermore, Apple reported 9.25 million iPad sales in the most recent quarter posting 183 percent growth compared to the same period last year. This sounds like promising news for Apple and we look forward to being awed (and waiting in line for) Apple’s upcoming iDevices.