Jobs Friend, Collaborator, David Kelley on 60 Minutes
Steve Jobs famously did not design by committee, though he surrounded himself with brilliant people. In the early days of Apple, David Kelley was one of those people — the guy who designed the original Apple mouse. Kelley also become Jobs friend and the two experienced much together, including cancer treatment later in life.
Charlie Rose, who’s been everywhere of late, interviewed Kelley for CBS 60 Minutes and some of anecdotes recall classic Steve Jobs. Take this exchange, about the ball in the original Apple mouse, for example:
Rose: Supposed Steve had said to you, “I’d like to have a ball that’s not steel, but rubber coated.” And, you said, “You can’t do that, Steve.” What would he say?
Kelley: The expletives that I would have are probably not good on camera. But it was basically, “I thought you were good. I hired you because you were smart. You’re letting me down.”
Jobs is just part of the Kelley story, but the interview is nonetheless very fun and informative.
And, changed the world…