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Apple CEO Tim Cook is offering the chance to chat over coffee, and all it might cost is a charity donation ? to the tune of $50,000.

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With proceeds going to support The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Apple chief has promised the winner the opportunity to sit down over coffee with Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino for between 30 minutes and an hour. The offer went live on charity auction site Charitybuzz and currently has two bids.

The auction, which has an estimated value of $50,000, has 20 days left in its duration. The auction's winner will be able to take a guest for coffee with Cook. The bid does not, though, include travel and accommodations.

The legal terms of the auction state that Charitybuzz expects "polite manners and respect for the generous donor," and the winning bidder and guest will be subject to security screening. Bidding currently stands at $5,250.

Apple as an organization has a mixed record with charity. The company's late founder, Steve Jobs, was reluctant to publicize his own charitable works when alive, which made some question whether Jobs even engaged in charitable giving. Notable Apple personalities have previously donated their time, designs, and money in the past, though, to a range of causes.

Apple's corporate charitable efforts have seen a noteworthy public-facing increase under Cook's tenure, however. One of his first changes implemented in 2011 was a charitable matching program, which has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations.
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Seems like it could be a half-assed scam attempt.

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The most expensive cup of coffee you'll ever have. Its currently up to $14,333 as of 2:46 PM EST. It would be nice if someone without this kind of money would have an opportunity to do something similar. 

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Seems like it could be a half-assed scam attempt.

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I wonder ....
* what kind of coffee will it be?
* will she split the difference & call it 45 minutes?
* will there be moist, fresh-baked pastries?
* what will rhey talk about?
* whete will the meeting be: in his office? the Mac Caffe? Another place in HQ entirely?
* will she offer them a sneak peek at upcomong iStuff?

she?
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I wonder ....
* what kind of coffee will it be?
* will she split the difference & call it 45 minutes?
* will there be moist, fresh-baked pastries?
* what will rhey talk about?
* whete will the meeting be: in his office? the Mac Caffe? Another place in HQ entirely?
* will she offer them a sneak peek at upcomong iStuff?

It'll probably be at Apple's HQ. 

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I cracked-up when I read that.  I really do hope it's for real.  Obviously, if I had that kind of money to burn for a cup of coffee (for charity of course) I'd jump at the opportunity.  He's a fascinating guy.

I wonder how much it would have been if it were with Steve Jobs.  That would be epic.  Heck, probably cheaper than paying for a college education - and getting more out of it!

If it's for real, kudos to Tim Cook for doing it.

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Originally Posted by BoxMacCary View Post
* what kind of coffee will it be?

 

Chai.

 

"But…"

Shh.


* will there be moist, fresh-baked pastries?

 

This question is disconcerting for some reason.


* will she offer them a sneak peek at upcomong iStuff?

 

Only if the coffee date ends in an offer of employment.

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Hey, give me only $5 and I'll pretend to be Tim in a meeting.  Ready?  Here we go:

 

"Sorry, but I can't tell you about any future products."

 

"No, you cannot visit our secret labs."

 

"What?  No, I am not going to tell you where I go for dates!"

 

"Who the hell is this Tallest Skil nut you keep talking about?"

 

"Guards!"

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I wouldn't pay for this. I don't know what Tim Cook likes besides fitness.

At least if it was Steve Jobs you could talk about the past, maybe ask him about preparation for keynotes, etc.
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I wonder how much it would have been if it were with Steve Jobs.  That would be epic.  Heck, probably cheaper than paying for a college education - and getting more out of it!

 

I remember joking about chatting with Jobs at WWDC once with some Apple employees, and they told me it'd be a pretty one-sided conversation: you talking and him ignoring (or insulting) you.

 
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Now >$42,000 at 1pm PST. That was a fast climb!

1:27pm PT it's ≈$63,000

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1:27pm PT it's ≈$63,000

It's rising like AAPL stock price a year ago.  Once it stops climbing like crazy, everyone will be calling for his head and have a dozen ideas how to fix the problem.

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It's rising like AAPL stock price a year ago.  Once it stops climbing like crazy, everyone will be calling for his head and have a dozen ideas how to fix the problem.

At this rate this coffee break will be more valuable than Apple by supper time.

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"Can I have a new iPhone?"

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Hey, give me only $5 and I'll pretend to be Tim in a meeting.  Ready?  Here we go:


I paid more that $5 to listen to you in the 80's.......and have the video to prove it.  1biggrin.gif


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I'll volunteer to provide the coffee. I have 3,000 lbs of the best coffee in the world sitting in a warehouse not far from Apple HQ.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

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I'll volunteer to provide the coffee. I have 3,000 lbs of the best coffee in the world sitting in a warehouse not far from Apple HQ.

Send me some beans!

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I'll volunteer to provide the coffee. I have 3,000 lbs of the best coffee in the world sitting in a warehouse not far from Apple HQ.

The best? Not for long if it stays in that warehouse.

 

If you (one), has a great idea - you'd better be sure - it might be money well spent. You have 45 mins to convince him you are the second techno coming.

 

How much does TC get paid a year? How much is 45mins of his time worth?

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I paid more than $5 to listen to you in the 80's.......and have the video to prove it.  1biggrin.gif

 

Wait.  You PAID someone to come to one of my seminars??   Somebody suckered you.  Or me.  lol.gif

 

PS. I want that video.  Should be funny to listen to some of my predictions back then.  Yikes!   Oh, misguided youth!

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I'll volunteer to provide the coffee. I have 3,000 lbs of the best coffee in the world sitting in a warehouse not far from Apple HQ.

The best? Not for long if it stays in that warehouse.

Actually the warehouse specializes in ONLY green coffee and it is completely climate controlled. Plus, this coffee is vacuumed sealed which keeps it totally fresh for several months. But don't worry it will be sold as quickly as WWDC tickets when I put it on the market next month.  But... most people tend to put cream and sugar in their coffee which would totally ruin the experience. You might as well be drinking Folger's. But the offer is out there if they want it.

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she?

Someone trying to make a lame gay joke? Given that allegedly Tim is gay and refuses to come out of the closet. How else you explain a wireless, childless, girlfriendless adult male working at a gay friendly company and featured in Out Magazine (cause they never pay attention to straight people). So what if you have seen him with a boyfriend either. Clearly he's gay.

Interesting about those degrees. I expected the MBA but a BS in Industrial Engineering was not what I thought to see. Figured it would be another business related degree.

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It'll probably be at Apple's HQ. 

The announcement tells us that. The question was where inside HQ, ie, how much might a person see as they come in.

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But don't worry it will be sold as quickly as WWDC tickets when I put it on the market next month.  

You should sell it at WWDC. License a food truck and call it your special Coder's blend. You could mark it up like 500% and call it a coffee tax. No cream or sugar allowed.

It would be just like buying an Apple product

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post #25 of 41

Most. Expensive. Coffee Date. Ever. 

 

If I was rich, I'd do this in a heartbeat, for the hell of it. And if it was Jobs, I'd do so in half a heartbeat. 

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But don't worry it will be sold as quickly as WWDC tickets when I put it on the market next month.  

You should sell it at WWDC. License a food truck and call it your special Coder's blend. You could mark it up like 500% and call it a coffee tax. No cream or sugar allowed.

It would be just like buying an Apple product

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It will be so gone by that date. Last year what little of the coffee that actually made to consumers was being sold for more than $20 for a 12 oz. cup.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

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post #27 of 41
That's me with the highest bid right now.

I'm going to try and steal his iPhone out of his bag while we chat.
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That's me with the highest bid right now.

I'm going to try and steal his iPhone out of his bag while we chat.

Do you work for Samsung? 

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... if it was Jobs, I'd do so in half a heartbeat. 

.....and twice the price.

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And if it was Jobs, I'd do so in half a heartbeat. 


Eww! Kind of morbid, don't you think?¡

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post #31 of 41
Just like Apple's stock it's value was grossly underestimated… and still 20 days to go.


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Do you work for Samsung? 

Not until AFTER I've had coffee with Tim...
post #33 of 41
Its obviously a takeoff of Warren Buffet's lunches for charity. If you have to copy, thats a great thing to copy, or take as an influence. More power to Tim, and whoever has the bucks to bid. My guess.....well over 50m. Way too Low.
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What would be hilarious that if Tim gets a phone call 5 minutes into the meeting with the winner and says "he has to run". 

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Bidding now at $155,000.  I calculate a day of Tim Cook's time is worth $155K/0.75*8=$1.653M, and a year at 225*$1.653M=$372M, almost exactly what Apple paid Tim Cook last year.

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I wonder ....
* what kind of coffee will it be?
* will she split the difference & call it 45 minutes?
* will there be moist, fresh-baked pastries?
* what will rhey talk about?
* whete will the meeting be: in his office? the Mac Caffe? Another place in HQ entirely?
* will she offer them a sneak peek at upcomong iStuff?
Who is she?
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Originally Posted by KDarling View Post

Hey, give me only $5 and I'll pretend to be Tim in a meeting.  Ready?  Here we go:


"Sorry, but I can't tell you about any future products."

"No, you cannot visit our secret labs."

"What?  No, I am not going to tell you where I go for dates!"

"Who the hell is this Tallest Skil nut you keep talking about?"

"Guards!"
well what will come will come, can't help but to laugh
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Originally Posted by BoxMacCary View Post
Tim Cook.

 

Use the right pronoun, given that you KNOW you're doing the wrong thing.

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I'm going to bid $100 billion.
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If I win, I want some of that cat poo coffee.
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If I win, I want some of that cat poo coffee.

You are quite uninformed. The coffee you are apparently referring to is very objectionable to all coffee experts as well as environmentalists as it is produced with extreme animal cruelty. 

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