A pre-Siri prototype before the iPhone.
In his dealing with Jobs, Cheyer learned that the tech icon never shied away from sharing his opinions.
"Even the very first day we got into — not an argument — but he's like, 'Well what would you do in this case?' and I gave an answer, he's like, 'No! No! No! Why?' And so we were going at it on our very first meeting," remembers Cheyer.
Though he was insistent on being heard, Jobs would also respect a well-thought out opinion.
"If you had the right ideas and foundation to back up your perspective, he was always open to to hearing other ideas and thinking maybe he's not right," says Cheyer. "And that's the thing I love most about him. If you couldn't back up your assertion, he would dismiss you as a fool or something like that, but he was always open to hearing another idea and to learning from that."
Siri launched on the iPhone on October 4, 2011. Jobs died the next day.
Working with Jobs had an impact on Cheyer.
"My impression was that he was absolutely filled with passion, and a determination and a fire like I've never seen. And I remember thinking, he's a billionaire, he's already transformed a few industries — music and movies and computing — you know, he could he could relax a little bit, and there wasn't anything relaxed about him. He was desperate to be right and to advance and to learn and I loved it," says Cheyer.
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