Photo: Instagram / agrignon
Meet Andy Grignon: An Apple engineer who had an unusual title printed on his business card.As you can see in the photo, which he posted to Instagram, he was “F**kchop” at Apple, working on the iPod.
Steve Jobs called him a “fuckchop” when Grignon was working on Apple’s iChat service. When he moved to the iPod division, the title just stuck.
Grignon apparently received the first call from the iPhone while working on the device, but he let it go to voicemail because he didn’t recognise the number. The Next Web dug up that tidbit on Geeklist.
Grignon started working at Apple in 1995 as an intern with the Advanced Technology Group, working on QuickTime Conferencing and QuickTime streaming.
He left in 1998 to work on two companies, but returned to Apple in 2002. Upon his return, he worked on iChat, the iPod, and the iPhone as a senior software engineer and manager.
Ric Mommer, another former Apple engineer, said Grignon “epitomizes the culture that has made Apple famous.” (We’re guessing that includes Jobs’ fireball personality and penchant for swearing.)
Grignon left Apple in 2007 to work on the WebOS, the mobile operating system for the Palm Pre. Now he’s working on his own stealth startup called Quake Labs.
How did he get “F**kchop” on his business card? Apparently, if an Apple manager doesn’t reject a business card, it’s automatically approved in two weeks — and that’s what happened with Grignon’s card, he said on Facebook.