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Tim Cook Coffee Meeting Charity Auction Hits $100,000

Charity auction site CharityBuzz kicked off a charity auction for a cup of coffee with Tim Cook this morning and the listing, which has an estimated value of $50,000, went from $5,250 to $100,000 in a matter of hours.

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Here are our best guesses of the identities of the top contenders vying to win a coffee date with Cook:

owclarry - Larry O’Connor, the founder and CEO of Other World Computing, a company that provides computer upgrade products and services for Macs. "We would love the opportunity to sit down with Tim and maybe get some insights on where the future lies in his eyes," he told MacRumors.

rory.oneill3 (now charitybidder10) - Rory O’Neill, Vice President of Product & Channel Marketing at BlackBerry.

PasswordBox.com - PasswordBox is a secure password management app which is currently restricted to VIP members only and is available on a wait list basis. Its CEO and co-founder is Daniel Robichaud.

USocketUSBOutlet - U-Socket is an AC receptacle with two built-in USB ports, produced by FastMac, so this bidder is likely someone from the company.

stephen.gill.777 - Stephen Gill, an online marketing executive and co-founder of Leadnomics.

BGStucki - Brian Stucki, Owner of Macminicolo, a Mac Mini colocation service that stores users Mac minis in data centers for use as servers.

At the moment, Other World Computing founder Larry O'Connor, who has been actively bidding throughout the day has the winning bid. Prolific bidder O'Neill previously had the username rory.oneill3, which has now been changed to charitybidder10.

While we have confirmed that Stucki and O'Connor are the bidders behind their usernames, the remaining guesses are based on usernames that match up with known people in tech.

The auction, which ends on May 14, will allow two attendees to spend 30–60 minutes with Cook at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino. Proceeds will benefit the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights.

Update: We have received an email alleging that the Rory O'Neill bidding in the auction is not affiliated with BlackBerry.

Update 2: The Charitybuzz website appears to utilize Facebook logins (thanks, Johan!) which means some usernames correlate to Facebook usernames. That suggests Rory O’Neill is not the same Rory O’Neill who works at BlackBerry. Bids have now reached $155k, with Sebastijian Bauman in the lead.

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20 months ago
Imagine the cost if this was an auction to meet with Steve Jobs instead of Cook.
Rating: 17 Votes
20 months ago

Doubt Steve would have ever done this considering how little he donated to charity.


How do you know he donated little to charity. Just because he wasn't public about it doesn't mean it didn't happen.
Rating: 13 Votes
20 months ago
Doubt Steve would have ever done this considering how little he donated to charity.
Rating: 12 Votes
20 months ago

Doubt Steve would have ever done this considering how little he donated to charity.


I'm the last one to defend Jobs in any way...but do we have a public record of his private charitable donations, if any?

His public policies at Apple were not supportive of charitable giving, but I don't know about any private philanthropy.

Do you have that information??
Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
Steve changed the world with his vision of computing giving even 3rd world countries the opportunities to own a smart phone. I think that's charity enough.

Doubt Steve would have ever done this considering how little he donated to charity.

Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
Great job denigrating a dead man. Just because Steve Jobs doesn't boast about it, doesn't mean he doesn't contribute.

Bono said under Steve Jobs, Apple was the large contributor to Fight AIDS under project RED. Jobs is also seen as a prime candidate of someone who made an anonymous donation of $150 million to cancer center at the University of California, San Francisco

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/02/bono-defends-steve-jobs-against-criticism-over-lack-of-public-philanthropy/

Under Steve Jobs, Apple also contributed to Stanford hospital:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=se5k1JnTFXk

Doubt Steve would have ever done this considering how little he donated to charity.

Rating: 10 Votes
20 months ago
I hope OWC founder/CEO gets it to be honest.

OWC are a pretty decent source of Mac upgrades and knowledge and it might be of some benefit perhaps for them to sit down.

Though I'm getting increasingly scared that most of what Apple are making in the future will not be upgradeable. Thankfully the latest 27" iMac still is.
Rating: 8 Votes
20 months ago


BGStucki - Brian Stucki, Owner of Macminicolo (http://www.macminicolo.net/), a Mac Mini colocation service that stores users Mac minis in data centers for use as servers.


I gave it a good run, but it quickly left my price range. (And I don't even drink coffee. I would have been satisfied with some OJ and a game of Letterpress.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
Using this as a marketing tool +1. Just hope you dont win!
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
I'm not sure why anyone here (or who might be bidding) thinks they will get any inside information and/or be able to really pitch a product/service, etc.

Oh sure - you might be able to engage Tim in a conversation about your company. But at the end of the day - unless he's REALLY compelled - not much is going to transpire.

You're "buying" 30-60 minutes of his time. That's all you're getting. You and he in the same room at the same time one-on-one.

It's not a "let's grill Tim Cook about all things Apple." If he's unwilling to talk to the press at keynotes or stockholders meetings - he's not going to magically open up to you because you won an auction.

And you aren't going to be BFFs/pen pals either.
Rating: 5 Votes

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