Apple CEO Tim Cook offering coffee date for charity auction

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 46
    irelandireland Posts: 17,785member


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

  • Reply 2 of 46
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,386member


    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. 

  • Reply 3 of 46
    Ba
    ireland wrote: »
    Seems like it could be a half-assed scam attempt.

    Based on?
  • Reply 4 of 46
    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?
  • Reply 5 of 46
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    boxmaccary wrote: »
    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?
  • Reply 6 of 46
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BoxMacCary View Post



    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. 

  • Reply 7 of 46
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,988member


    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.

  • Reply 8 of 46
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    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.

  • Reply 9 of 46
    kdarlingkdarling Posts: 1,640member


    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!"

  • Reply 10 of 46
    winterwinter Posts: 1,238member
    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.
  • Reply 11 of 46
    auxioauxio Posts: 2,499member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    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.

  • Reply 12 of 46


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

  • Reply 13 of 46

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Pooch View Post





    she?


    Siri

  • Reply 14 of 46

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post


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



    Going up around $2,000 every 5 minutes

  • Reply 15 of 46
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Now >$42,000 at 1pm PST. That was a fast climb!

    1:27pm PT it's ?$63,000
  • Reply 16 of 46
    malaxmalax Posts: 1,598member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    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.

  • Reply 17 of 46
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    malax wrote: »
    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.
  • Reply 18 of 46
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,473member






    "Can I have a new iPhone?"

  • Reply 19 of 46
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,473member

    Quote:

    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:





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

  • Reply 20 of 46
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member


    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.

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