Steve Jobs Inducted Into Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, Eddy Cue accepts award with emotional speech


Steve Jobs was posthumously inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame last Thursday by the Bay Area Council for being a great business leader, and making significant contributions in the field of technology.

Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue accepted the award on his behalf, giving an emotional speech recounting moments with Steve Jobs.

The Bay Area Council has posted a video of the award ceremony on YouTube, which we’ve embedded below. The ceremony starts with a brief video detailing Jobs’ innovations and clips from his interviews, followed by Bill Campbell, chairman of Intuit and board member at Apple, talking about Jobs as a leader, a friend, a father and a husband.

Here’s an excerpt from Cue’s acceptance speech, talking about the launch of the first iMac in 1998:

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.

Cue added that this award would have been very special to Steve Jobs, since everything he did, right from schooling, to meeting his wife to starting Apple, NeXT and Pixar, was in or around the Bay Area.

[via MacRumors]