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Tim Cook offering lunch date at Apple HQ for charity

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Apple fans, detractors, and investors alike now have a chance to sit down with CEO Tim Cook one-on-one, as the executive is auctioning off a lunch date at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., to benefit charity.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook with fellow yearbook staff for the class of 1978 . | Source: AL.com


The lunch date, presumably at Apple's famous Caffe Macs in the Infinite Loop campus, is being offered through charity auction site CharityBuzz. At press time, one confirmed bid of $10,000 had come in, though the site estimates the meal's value at $100,000.

According to the auction listing, the winning bidder can bring one guest, though both will need to undergo security screening. Cook has carved out one hour for the event, and scheduling could take up to a year based on his availability.

Additionally, travel and lodging expenses are not included, so the winning bidder will need to make their own way to Cupertino.

This is the second time Cook has offered himself up for a good cause on CharityBuzz. Last May, a one-hour coffee meeting with the Apple chief fetched $610,000 to benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Hungry bidders have until May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to submit their bids.
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This human being Tim is being human. 

post #3 of 28
Analysts expect to downgrade AAPL if the bid for Tim Cook's lunch shows a downtrend from last year. /s
post #4 of 28
I think Scott Forstall should bid. 1smile.gif hehe.
post #5 of 28
For that amount of money it should be at a top restaurant not Caffe Macs.
post #6 of 28
Originally Posted by ascii View Post
For that amount of money it should be at a top restaurant not Caffe Macs.

 

I dunno. The Mac Cafe would be a pretty bodacious place to hang with my crew, compadre.

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I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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post #7 of 28
Cafe food? For $100K? It's had better come with free refills.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post
 

 

I dunno. The Mac Cafe would be a pretty bodacious place to hang with my crew, compadre.

Original URL for these pics please?

post #9 of 28

Bromwich has demanded he sit in on this meeting too.

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Originally Posted by Chandra69 View Post
Original URL for these pics please?

 

Here’s where I found them as large as I did.

Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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post #11 of 28
The fine print: No Google or Samsung execs.

I'm not sure how this is suppose to pump up the stock price.

Cook should be fired. As a shareholder, I'm not paying him to eat.

The bid growth should be 30% yoy.

More innovating, less eating.

Steve Jobs would never eat lunch.

Rumored lunch to intro the iSnack.

When's the last time Cafe Mac released something game-changing?
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Originally Posted by jungmark View Post
Steve Jobs would never eat lunch.

 

That one’s not false, at least for his last few years.

Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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post #13 of 28
You think someone who pays $100,000 for lunch with Tim will be able to afford flight and lodging?? :^)
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Originally Posted by ascii View Post

For that amount of money it should be at a top restaurant not Caffe Macs.

I use to work at Apple HQ and believe me Cafe Mac is pretty top notch.
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So, a few people with a LOT of money get to have lunch with him. How about for every one who pays there is a seat for someone drawn on a lottery system, who might offer a different insight.

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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

At press time, one confirmed bid of $10,000 had come in, though the site estimates the meal's value at $100,000...


That's one helluva menu price!  Maybe they have an ala carte option?  I wonder how much Tim Cook's value is?

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Originally Posted by craigciccone View Post

Bromwich has demanded he sit in on this meeting too.

The judge will back that up.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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Originally Posted by ascii View Post

For that amount of money it should be at a top restaurant not Caffe Macs.
If you think this lunch is about food, I suggest you're missing the point. Whoever wants tight schmooze time with a CEO doesn't give a xxxx about the menu, ordering, or special of the day. Last year somebody paid $10,000 USD per minute to have coffee with him and I doubt they even glanced at their coffee options.
I love this part of the release:
"Cook has carved out one hour for the event, and scheduling could take up to a year based on his availability."
Now that's a hell of a schedule.
post #19 of 28
Does that include a tour of Jony Ive's workshop?
post #20 of 28
Another chance for Carl Icahn to waste $500,000 of his investor's money so he can brag about it on Twitter cause he needs that to feel important despite Tim Cook not giving a crap about anything he has to say!
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Is waiting in line in the cafeteria to order and get your food included in the hour?

 

On a serious note, very nice thing of Cook to do.   He's going to raise a lot of money for charity by doing this.

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Originally Posted by s.metcalf View Post

...Carl Icahn ...to feel important despite Tim Cook not giving a crap about anything he has to say!

Hold on now. Perhaps Icahn came in, hung around, made some noises, backed off at the right time and purely by accident, but Cook has gone a fair way towards meeting Icahn's demands ($90B in repurchases + enhanced dividends, instead of $150B in a repurchase that Icahn wanted). Not that I am suggesting that was necessarily the motivation for Apple, but it does seem like too much of a coincidence.

 

I am glad that Cook decided to increase the shareholder payout without taking on more debt (keeps the powder dry). The stock split -- despite the fact that, at one level, it's a cosmetic move -- was a terrific.

post #23 of 28
It's already 2/3 its goal; like last time I expect it 10 times it's current bid.
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I dunno. The Mac Cafe would be a pretty bodacious place to hang with my crew, compadre.

Very nice concept art. Maybe better than the reality?

post #25 of 28
It would be exciting if there was a way for regular (i.e. not rich) people like me to enter a lottery draw to win an hour with Tim. He'd probably get a more interesting conversation too.
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It would be exciting if there was a way for regular (i.e. not rich) people like me to enter a lottery draw to win an hour with Tim. He'd probably get a more interesting conversation too.

That's an excellent idea. Have a $100 ticket sale and lottery. Could also raise a lot of money
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That's an excellent idea. Have a $100 ticket sale and lottery. Could also raise a lot of money
Bad idea. A lot of Fandroids and Sammy employees/paid endorsers could enter and win. Too risky.
post #28 of 28
Better if it was a raffle rather than auction/bid. At least give the little guy a chance not just who has the most money and bids the highest.
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