CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

Summary: "...no more than 5 minutes into my initial interview with Steve, I wanted to throw caution and logic to the wind and join Apple."

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Video of the Apple Chief Operating Officer and acting CEO Tim Cook's commencement address at Auburn University (his alma mater) on May 14, 2010.

During his speech Cook tells a story (starting at around the 08:40 mark) about interviewing with Steve Jobs in early 1998:

"...no more than 5 minutes into my initial interview with Steve, I wanted to throw caution and logic to the wind and join Apple. My intuition already knew that joining Apple was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for the creative genius and to be on the executive team that could ressurrect a great American company."

At the time he worked for Compaq, the largest PC manufacturer in the world, and a CEO friend told him he'd "be a fool" to leave Compaq for Apple. Apple's stock price was around $25 per share in early 1998.

Cook's no Steve Jobs when it comes to public speaking, and I'm sure he'd admit the same, but his speech sheds a little light on the man that is Tim Cook. It's the most you've probably ever heard him speak outside of his regular duties on Apple's quarterly earnings call.

It's nice to learn a little more about the man running the ship, and who doesn't love that old quote from Michael Dell?

Tip: 9to5Mac via Pierce Case.

Topics: Banking, Apple, CXO

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  • Yawn

    Who cares what Cook has done, I could create a plan that would throw a wrench in everything they've done... Maybe I will but in reality, this is the same old Sugar Water Story Rehashed.
    slickjim
    • Re: Yawn

      @Peter Perry
      "Who cares what Cook has done, I could create a plan that would throw a wrench in everything they've done..."

      Yes, but could you create a plan that turns an almost basket case business into the most valuable tech company in the world in just over a decade.
      A Grain of Salt
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @Peter Perry You may not care but at the same time HE is the one at the helm of a major corporation and you are where exactly?
      athynz
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    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @Peter Perry Ditto.
      marcomar
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @Peter Perry

      So you are claiming the ability to commit terrorism in the face of someone's success?

      I can destroy things too - that is not a skill.

      It only takes a few people and a boxcutter to mess up stuff - and you are clearly capable of that sort of thing - but you claim that you won't do it?

      I suggest a pre-emptive strike by the US government on someone who claims to be considering plans to destroy important US business interests!
      richardw66
  • This is a great quote from Cook!

    [i]and to be on the executive team that could ressurrect a great American company[/i]

    Step 1. Get MS to bail us out.

    :) :) :)
    NonZealot
    • And what an achievement.

      @NonZealot

      It was a win for both companies at the time.
      A Grain of Salt
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @NonZealot

      Great "bailout": get $150M of non-voting stock (which you sell off in a couple of years for a modest profit) and promise to continue developing software for Apple for a few more years (to avoid getting nailed for stealing OS-level code).

      NonStudent is more like it.
      Steve Hix
      • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

        @Steve Hix

        peddler of lies and hate is more like it
        richardw66
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      I personally enjoy NonZealots comments, they always remind me of Bill Wattersons quote:

      "The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us"

      ;-)
      xwerfx
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @NonZealot

      And you think $150m in shares actually bailed out Apple? you must be cr? oh, hang on I have read your other posts.

      I believe there was an article on ZDNet debunking your apocryphal assertion.

      The payout was a settlement for a legal dispute - and I am sure the $150M in Apple shares at that time did not exactly hurt MS!!!
      richardw66
    • jumping bail

      @NonZealot ((( "Step 1. Get MS to bail us out." )))

      Step 2. Overtake Microsoft as world's largest tech company.

      Step 3. Watch as Microsoft slips into obscurity.

      Step 4. Contemplate bailing out Microsoft; decide against it. Laugh heartily.
      buddhistMonkey
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @NonZealot
      Hahaha! You so funny!
      lelandhendrix@...
  • Go beat yourself with a Picasso and a context stick...

    You're still a clueless and offensive gimp.

    That and AFAIK you still haven't had the gumption to apologize for your false and offensive assertions re Windows autism software.
    zkiwi
  • What good are great ideas...

    @NonZealot
    ...unless they are implemented in a great way?
    Userama
  • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

    @NonZealot

    Name one thing that Apple stole.
    msalzberg
    • Please allow me to reply for the Zealot

      @msalzberg
      In his world, the one flourishing between his two ears,
      1) Steve Jobs STOLE Xerox's idea of a GUI. He must've been disguised as a janitor and snuck in and took the source code.
      2) Steve Jobs STOLE the idea of a smartphone. Everybody knows that MS and HTC had developed a touch screen phone way before the iPhone. (Yes NZ actually tried to convince us that iOS is a shameless copy of Windows mobile 6, or before. Can't be too sure, it gets cloudy in his world quite often)
      3) Steve Jobs STOLE the idea of the iPod. From whom we can not be sure. Maybe Sony?
      4) Steve Jobs STOLE the idea of a tablet. Everyone knows that Windows was doing tablets way before the iPad. As to who's doing the Zealot? That's a whole different story.
      5) And finally Steve Jobs STOLE entire chunks of 10 minute intervals from the Zealot's life when he was working with the original Macintosh back in the 80's.
      Check this thread out for a good laugh. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/happy-birthday-macintosh/9264?tag=content;search-results-rivers
      MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @MG537

      According to NonZealot's own standards, was Apple ever convicted in a court of law of stealing those things? If not, you can't say they stole them.

      Of course, that quote from Steve Jobs was actually a quote of Steve Jobs quoting Picasso. I suppose the Zealot feels that Picasso wasn't innovative, and just stole others' ideas as well.
      msalzberg
    • RE: CEO to Tim Cook: you'd be a fool to join Apple

      @msalzberg
      We all know that "quoting" is just a euphemism for "stealing"!
      Steve Webb