Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs his liver, new bio reveals

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple’s Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs lifesaving transplant: book.

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. Apple’s now-CEO Tim Cook offered part of his liver to his legendary boss, Steve Jobs, two years before the tech guru died of cancer, according a new Jobs biography. Excerpts from a new book on Jobs, which will appear inFast Company magazine’s March 18 issue, offer insights into Jobs’ iconoclastic thinking in different phases of his life. Jobs was in desperate need of a liver transplant in 2009 when Cook learned he had the same rare blood type as Jobs and was also able to grow back lost liver cells, according to the book, “Becoming Steve Jobs.” “I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy,’ ” Cook says in the book. “ ‘I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk; I’ll be fine.’ ” The book, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution Of a Reckless Upstart Into a Visionary Leader, out March 24, is written by Brent Schlender and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli.

Cook went by Jobs’ house to tell him the good news, and the authors report the terse response Cook got. “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. 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. For example, when Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after his exile, he immediately took a liking – and vice-versa – to a new in-house designer by the name of Jony Ive (the man who would go on to design the iPhone and other hit products). 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.” But despite its elegance and Jobs’ apparent friendship (“He’s kind of a cherub,” Jobs said of Ive), the project died after selling just 12,000 units.

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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