April 29, 2013
Coffee With Cook
For years, people have chided Apple’s famed secrecy as either a way to manufacture exclusivity and boost the price of their products and destroy smaller, competing businesses. Now, the same man who claimed Apple would begin “doubling down” on secrecy is using it to do some real good. Tim Cook has agreed to play host and sit down for a cup of coffee to either one very rich person or someone who feels price is no object when it comes to meeting titans of modern tech.
Website Charitybuzz.com is auctioning off this once in a lifetime opportunity to do good and get caffeinated with Cook and, as of this writing, the current bid is up to $600,000.
It didn’t take long for the price to shoot this high, either. The very first bid of $5,000 by user “Lee1111” (no relation to redOrbiter Lee Rannals) was placed Wednesday morning at 11:08 EDT. By the end of the day, bids had climbed as high as $160,000.
The gavel hits the proverbial block on May 14, and if this auction acts anything like shares of APPL last year, this thing could climb even higher than the current bid.
The good news is Cook won’t see a bit of this money (sorry, Timmy).
Proceeds from this auction will benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Are you interested in helping the RFK Center, but detest Apple and their products? Perhaps you’d like to meet Quarterback Peyton Manning at a Denver Broncos “Training Camp Experience?” The highest bid currently rests at $6,250.
Looking to spend a little less money and hate coffee and football? Perhaps you should bid on a lunch with Francis Ford Coppola in Napa Valley? Highest bid: $4,250.
You can also bid for a private cooking lesson with Paula Deen, current asking price is $3,500.
For added funsies, take a flask along with you and take shots every time she says “butter” or “y’all.”
On second thought, bring many flasks.
It appears the winner of the Tim Cook auction will be able to pick Tim Cook’s brain over what I can only assume will be fair trade, organic java. Whoever the winner is will get the full Apple treatment, which, in this case, means signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and being banned from talking about the conversation on social media, blogs or traditional news outlets. Recording or transcribing the conversation is, of course, right out.
The winner will also have to foot their own bill to and from One Infinite Loop, although I think it could have been a classy move of Cook to offer up the use of a private jet.
On the other hand, whoever has nearly $200,000 to take a meeting with Tim Cook probably isn’t worried about transportation.
According to the CharityBuzz website, the winner must also be polite. In other words, no personal protests against the work conditions at Foxconn.
“We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at CharityBuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must,” reads the CharityBuzz website.
The obvious joke here follows a certain track: “That’s one expensive cup of coffee! Hope it’s not Starbucks!”
HarHarHar. Yes, journalists…very funny.
The real point here is that somewhere in this world there is a person who is willing to spend more than $600,000 to take a meeting with Cook. We’ll probably never know about it, but I’m curious to know if this person sees this sum of money as an investment with an expected return or as a ticket to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
My bet is on the former…and if that’s the case, that’s one dedicated entrepreneur.