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During the last decade of his fabled run as chief executive officer of Apple, the late Steve Jobs often faced biting criticisms in the press and from others in business...
02-02-2012, 06:32 PM #1
Tim Cook Defends Steve Jobs on Philanthropy
During the last decade of his fabled run as chief executive officer of Apple, the late Steve Jobs often faced biting criticisms in the press and from others in business and technology for not being more outwardly philanthropic. In other words, Steve Jobs didn't flaunt his charitable gestures as ostentatiously as his many of his contemporaries had.
As a result, Jobs was labeled by some as a billionaire who turned his back on philanthropy.
New Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, is coming to Jobs' defense by speaking for the first time about Apple's generosity toward its own employees and the world beyond. According to a report Thursday in The Verge, Cook's town hall meeting last week brought forward numerous details that have previously never been exposed.
Cook reportedly revealed that Apple has donated approximately $50 million to Stanford's hospitals, "split into $25 million for a new main building and $25 million for a new children's hospital." Mr. Cook also dished on Apple being the "leading contributor" to Product RED, noting that Apple has coughed up another $50 million to help the effort since getting involved.
While it isn't known if its rumor or reality that Steve Jobs once said giving away money is "a waste of time," Tim Cook is clearly taking Apple in a different philanthropic course. And it's also becoming increasingly clear that Jobs wasn't as miserly as critics alleged.
Source: The Verge
02-02-2012, 06:40 PM #2
Peanuts compared to Bill Gates. Also, BG's main business never had slave labor.
02-02-2012, 07:08 PM #3
However I will agree that bill gates was much more charitable to say the least.
02-02-2012, 07:09 PM #4
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02-02-2012, 08:06 PM #6
Second, Jobs believed that any charitable act should be completely anonymous to be a true charitable act, so there's no telling what he personally gave, and nobody will probably ever know. I also agree with his philosophy. Companies that flaunt their charity aren't really giving to charity, they're buying advertising. And money wasted promoting your charity is money that could have been out towards more charities.
Lastly, most, if not all of the little hardware MS made directly is made by "slave labor" including the millions of Xboxes MS has sold.
Be gone, troll!
02-02-2012, 08:07 PM #7
To all of the fanboys' replies to my comment: stop making excuses. Apple can join any "Fair Labor Association" they want, but that is pure cosmetics. They still employ quasi-slaves, make $400,000/yr in profit per employee and can't manage to give those poor people a good place to work. Fair Labor, yeah, sure. If you want, I can also sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.
02-02-2012, 08:24 PM #8
02-02-2012, 08:26 PM #9
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02-02-2012, 10:35 PM #11
Whoa, $100 million total! Steve was giving away the store…only $99.99 billion left.
02-03-2012, 01:13 AM #12
P.S. - How can you own the Brooklyn Bridge with a good conscience? Don't you know that the guys that built that thing made next to nothing? You should be giving it to charity.
02-03-2012, 01:29 AM #13
Please keep it a clean debate. Against forum rules to insult or harass other members.
02-03-2012, 07:10 AM #14
I'll tell you what I tell every moron that complains about Apple's manufacturing: go throw away everything you own that is made in Asian factories and similar working conditions, and then (if you can) come back and tell us how bad of a company Apple is.
02-03-2012, 08:34 AM #15
And the fanboys' responses keep coming... Now *I* am responsible for the poor working condition, I am also a hypocrite and I am responsible for the poor working conditions of the Brooklyn bridge. Good job guys, you are really making my point for me.
As for SJ, he will go down in history as a visionary and a good designer, but also as a small person. Giving away $100M out of his tens of $B does not really impress me that much. There will be no SJ foundation, ot SJ University. BG was no saint, but he is returning a BIG portion of his fortune to society. So did Andrew Carnegie (again, no saint, but his name still resonates after almost 100 years of his death).
02-03-2012, 09:26 AM #16
02-03-2012, 09:29 AM #17
this doesn't really address Steve Jobs' charitableness (or lack there of) as much as it seems to focus on Apple the company. I don't think people were criticizing the corporation's use of money as much as the individual.
02-03-2012, 11:24 AM #18
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