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Thoughts on Steve Jobs by Vic Gundotra

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One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"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".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed ne…

Official Google Blog: When patents attack Android

Official Google Blog: When patents attack Android: "I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades. Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other’s throats, so when they get into ..."

History behind Mysteries

Don’t get misled by the title. I am not here to speak about the mysteries which are happening around us daily, rather I am going to present some of the interesting details of the mysterious companies which have changed our lives in one or other way.

Most of us at one or the other point of time think of starting a company either for profits/creating jobs for people etc. When that dream is about to come true, the first dilemma in our mind will be ‘What will be the name of my company?’ So by the time you start a company, you will have the idea of how the well-established companies got their names as a part of your research for naming your company. I want to help you in that particular aspect so let me list out some of my favorite companies and how they got their names.

1) Google: - Google was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor; they received a cheque made …