That spring Larry Ellison saw Amelio at a party and introduced him to the technology journalist Gina Smith, who asked how Apple was doing.
“You know, Gina, Apple is like a ship,” Amelio answered. “That ship is loaded with treasure but there’s a hole in the ship. And my job is to get everyone to row in the same direction.”
Smith looked perplexed and asked, “Yeah, but what about the hole?”
From then on, Ellison and Jobs joked about the parable of the ship. “When Larry relayed this story to me, we were in this sushi place, and I literally fell off my chair laughing,” Jobs recalled.