Cook offered Jobs his liver, new bio reveals

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Tried To Give Steve Jobs His Liver—But Jobs Refused.

From Apple Watch talk to the company’s hunt for a trillion-dollar valuation, high-flying Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook may be burning up the limelight but co-founder Steve Jobs continues to cast a long shadow even in death. The highly anticipated new biography Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution Of A Reckless Upstart Into A Visionary Leader by longtime Steve Jobs and Apple reporter Brent Schlender and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli is due in bookstore on March 24th—and we’ve already had an exclusive look at this close examination of Steve Jobs’s life. Excerpts from a new book on Jobs, which will appear in Fast Company magazine’s March 18 issue, offer insights into Jobs’ iconoclastic thinking in different phases of his life. The book is chock-full of revealing stories about the late Apple cofounder—details which paint a vivid picture of both Jobs the businessman and Jobs the human being, a person who cultivated some very special friendships throughout his life and career.

In it, as Fast Company reports, there is a story about Cook being so distraught toward the end of Jobs’ decline in health that he went to get his blood tested to determine if he might have the same rare blood type as Jobs, and if a partial liver donation might have been feasible. At the time Ive’s Design Lab, as it was known in the trenches of Cupertino, was hard at work on two new devices: The eMate, Ive’s take on the Newton Message Pad, and the 20th Anniversary Macintosh, his “pride and joy at the time.” It was a striking piece of out-of-the-box industrial design thinking.

The Apple CEO was sick, gaunt, frail—unable to get out of bed thanks to a painful condition called ascites, a gastroenterological side effect of cancer that caused his belly to swell. It turned out that it was. “He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” said Cook. “‘No,’ he said. ‘I’ll never let you do that.

Jony and his team had placed the guts of a top-of-the-line laptop inside a svelte and slightly curved vertical slab, which had on the top half of its surface a color LCD monitor, and on the bottom half a vertical CD-ROM drive, all of which was framed by specially designed Bose stereo speakers. Before Jobs’s liver transplant in 2009, the two would talk “three or four times a week”—and their decisions together have had lasting ramifications in Silicon Valley today. Cook was so upset at his mentor’s condition – Jobs died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer – that he was thrilled to discover he could help improve his boss’s health by donating a portion of his kidney.

It was packed with state-of-the-art technology, including cable and FM tuners and the circuitry necessary for the computer to double as a TV set or radio. Jobs immediately took a liking to Ive. (“He’s kind of a cherub,” Jobs said of his soon-to-be co-conspirator.) But perhaps more importantly Ive liked him back, inevitably making the decision to stay with Apple instead of pursuing other opportunities. In fact, because of their friendship, Iger also turned down an invitation from Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt to be on Google’s board. “He told me he’d get jealous,” says Iger.

Stay tuned to Fast Company online and in our forthcoming April issue for exclusive coverage and excerpts from Becoming Steve Jobs you won’t find anywhere else in the days to come. It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in . . .’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!’ He kind of popped up in bed and said that. Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them.” The other excerpts showcase Jobs’ business penchants. But the two powwowed often, the book reports, speculating on what companies were ripe for the taking. “We would stand at a whiteboard brainstorming,” recalls Iger. “We talked about buying companies. While Ashton Kutcher’s star turn in the movie Jobs (2013) wasn’t particularly well reviewed, a new project based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling 2011 biography Steve Jobs has fans buzzing thanks to the involvement of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and versatile actor Michael Fassbender in the starring role as the Apple icon.

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