How to make it look like there wasn’t one winner (Austin) and a lot of losers.
Asked last March about the way U.S. cities were offering big tax breaks to host Amazon’s new headquarters, Tim Cook—who was conducting his own, much quieter site search—took the high road.
“I don’t condemn it,” he said. “But from our point of view, we didn’t want to create this contest because you wind up putting people though a ton of work to select one. That is a case where you have a winner and a lot of losers. I don’t like that.”
Queue the video, note the general applause:
Apple announced today that it had chosen Austin, TX, for its second headquarters. But as if mindful of Cook’s words, Apple’s press release bent over backwards to make it look like there were no losers. You wouldn’t know, from the map above, that there are already roughly 25,000 Apple employees in Silicon Valley alone. If it weren’t for the 1,000-employee cut-off in the scale on which the map above was drawn, most of the U.S. would be painted Cupertino teal.
My take: What’s the difference between and an Apple employee and a “team member”? Are we, perhaps, counting developers?
UPDATE: From friend-of-the-blog Jeff F, reacting to the news that Apple is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2023:
Doesn’t sound like a steel mill going out of business to me.