Tim Cook delivered a heartfelt commencement address at Stanford University on Sunday, talking digital privacy, the ‘difference between preparation and readiness’, Steve Jobs, and more.
The speech saw Cook reflect on Steve Jobs’ commencement at Stanford University 14 years ago, with the address focused on encouraging students to “be a builder,” regardless of their chosen occupation.
Cook touched on privacy, stressing the importance of not accepting privacy must be compromised to enjoy advances in technology, adding that privacy goes much beyond just data.
Throughout the speech Cook paid tribute to Steve Jobs, describing his passing as the “loneliest I’ve ever felt in my life,” going on to recall the heavy expectations of those around him when becoming CEO of Apple. Tim spoke of the story of his conviction that Jobs would recover from cancer, even as he handed the reins of Apple over to Cook.
Drawing from what he learned in those dark days, Cook emphasized that “your mentors may leave you prepared, but they can’t leave you ready.”