Tim Cook spoke to the marketing team today at Apple's Sunnyvale campus. I was fortunate enough to get a good seat, though photography or recording of any kind are strictly forbidden inside any Apple building. I tried to capture what I could through notes and before posting should add the disclaimer that while I tried my best to capture word for word, there were times - I'm sure - where I was unable to do so with 100% accuracy. Here are some snippets of what Tim had to say:
"There's a difference between loving to work and loving the work."
"I came out [of the closet] for the kids who were being bullied and who were considering suicide."
"Each generation of people has a responsibility to advance and enlarge human rights. To treat one group of people with less respect and dignity than any other is simply unacceptable."
"We [Apple] have a culture of debate over products, not personalities. I have no patience for the latter."
"When I was [working] at IBM, there were meetings. But all the decisions were being made outside of those meetings. I don't think that's the way to drive innovation."
"If I'm the smartest person in the room, I always worry."
"We have the best customers in the world. When they love us, they tell us. When they hate us, they tell us. They tell us because they care. When I was [working] at Compaq, if customers hated us, they'd buy a Dell."
"If there's a worry in the world that we can control or influence, I divert my worry into 'what can I do?'"
"Democracy is only one generation away from extinction. Elected officials are elected to serve the people, too many have forgotten that."
"I miss Steve everyday."