It wasn’t the best of days for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who led a semi-annual meeting for financial analysts. The “demo gods” frowned upon him as there were technical difficulties in controlling the PowerPoint presentation via a “clicker.”
At one point responding to the suggestion that he verbally tell the production team when to change presentation screens, Jobs responded, “That’s going to be too painful. I cannot do that. I’ve got a lot of slides here. I need to cue myself.”
Apologizing to the assembled analysts for the “bumpy road” of glitches — the technical problems lasted a good (or bad) 15 minutes — Jobs at one point referred to the “curse of demoing.” At one time, the CEO turned off his microphone and walked off stage for several minutes to see what was going on.
Jobs also asked a technician named “Wayne” several times if things were fixed. At one point, an analyst asked the CEO if “Wayne” would still have a job tomorrow.
“Sure, Wayne’s a great guy,” Jobs said, then drew chuckles by adding that, “If this were Macworld, it might be different, however.”