He's no Steve Jobs - so goes the conventional wisdom - but
) CEO Tim Cook is ostensibly still very highly thought of,
according to the record bids a charity coffee date with him is
The online charity auction site CharityBuzz is auctioning off a 30
minute to one hour
meeting with Cook
at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. As of Monday, a
day before the auction closes, the highest bid stood at $605,000.
That is a mere $5,000 away from the top-earning item ever in
CharityBuzz's history: a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
that went for $610,000 in a March auction.
Would you pay $610,000 to meet Tim Cook?
Clearly, CharityBuzz did not think Cook's appeal would be so strong
- the meeting with Cook carried an estimated value of only $50,000,
compared to the Lamborghini's $500,000 estimated value.
So far, Cook has attracted some 85 bids, and they are mostly from
app developers and entrepreneurs who presumably want either
publicity to attract investors or face time with Cook to pitch
"It would give us a chance to showcase the whole concept of what
we're doing to [Cook]," explained Rakesh Kumar, found of the
startup Drbluetooth.com, to
. Kumar said. "What we can show on our website is very limited in
comparison." Drbluetooth.com, which sells Bluetooth headsets, had
put in a $580,000 bid last week.
"I'm sure he would give us some frank opinions," Kumar added.
Clearcrate, which makes case protestors for iPhones, iPads, and
MacBooks, also put in an offer at $560,000. But perhaps the most
intriguing bids, at $590,000 and $600,000, came from Povely.com, a
company that offers a free Bible app on Apple's store. Only God
will know what the company would have discussed with Cook, since
according to the auction rules, "the winner cannot blog, social
network, talk to press, write about, take pictures or record during
the experience in any way due to security regulations."
Unlike the firms that put in bids earlier, the current leading bid
appears to be publicity-averse, leaving a name of "J********n" on
the bid for time with Cook.
If you're a aspiring app developer who can't quite gather up
$610,000 to get a one-on-one meeting with Cook, perhaps you can
consider two other high-flying tech CEOs: Elon Musk and Square's
chance to tour
SpaceX's rocket and spacecraft factory and meet Musk, the
), and Space X, is going for $19,000 on CharityBuzz with one day
left to bid.
Meanwhile,Twitter co-founder Dorsey is auctioning on eBay a
with him at Square's office in San Francisco for charity, and with
three days before the auction closes, the highest bid is at a much
more affordable $15,600.
Proceeds from the Cook and Musk auctions will benefit
The RFK Center for
Justice & Human Rights
while the money from Dorsey's auction will go to
, which aims "to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel
disadvantaged and disengaged students through high school to
college and career success."