Tim Cook Interview 

The Washington Post published an interview last week with Tim Cook to mark his fifth year as Apple’s CEO, and probably for Apple PR to start ramping up press for their September event. It’s a really great, and candid, read.

There is so much to admire about Tim, you should read the whole thing if you’re interested, but I’ve pulled some of my favorite quotes.

On doing good in the world

"We used the same philosophy we do with our products, which is you unveil them when you’ve finished. But we stepped back and re-evaluated that and said, ‘You know, if we wait until you do that, we’re not helping anyone else get there, too.’"

On being CEO of Apple

It struck me that the first words out of his mouth on this topic were about people, and Apple’s effect on the world. Not some bullshit business jargon.

"There’s nothing like sitting in the chair, so to speak. I was reminded that customers have a really deep love for the company. I started just getting an avalanche of customer mail. I don’t mean complaints … Things much deeper than that. Moved by how they were treated in a store. Lots of people have written me about FaceTime and how they could be near their mother’s or father’s bedside before they died only because of it."

On Steve

(The fifth anniversary of Steve’s passing is this October.)

"To me, Steve’s not replaceable. By anyone. [Voice softens] He was an original of a species."

On coming out

"I was getting notes from kids who knew I was gay, or assumed I was, because of something they had read on the Web. And they were kids who were distraught. Some had been pushed out by their families. They thought they couldn’t achieve anything. They couldn’t do anything. They were seeing the national discourse around it and feeling isolated and depressed. And I just thought — I’ve got to do something"

On Apple’s constant impending doom

"And it doesn’t bother me. Because honestly, they were saying that about Apple in 2001. They were saying it in 2005. They were saying it in 2007 — ‘this stupid iPhone, whoever dreamed up this thing?’"

On Apple’s growth

"Apple is the only company that can take hardware, software and services and integrate those into an experience that’s an ‘aha’ for the customer. You can take that and apply to markets that we’re not in today."

On privacy and the FBI

"Customers should have an expectation that they shouldn’t need a PhD in computer science to protect themselves. So I think they depend on us to do some things on their behalf … And, in this case, it was unbelievably uncomfortable and not something that we wished for, wanted — we didn’t even think it was right. Honestly? I was shocked that they would even ask for this. That was the thing that was so disappointing that I think everybody lost in the whole thing. There are 200-plus other countries in the world. Zero of them had ever asked this."

Emphasis added.

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