Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Cook Has Proven Himself, Says Expert

It’s safe to say Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has proven himself over 2014, David Kirkpatrick said in a discussion on Bloomberg.

The comment Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its top executive came as the Techonomy founder and CEO was discussing with Brendan Greeley and Olivia sterns technology companies and their leaders this 2014.

In the interview, Kirkpatrick also said that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) still has a fighting chance and a lot of hidden value, that both Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer helped Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) this year and that sexism may be playing a part against International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) CEO Virginia Rometty.

“I think that Apple did so well this year that you really have to banish your comparisons with Steve Jobs and accept that Tim Cook is a spectacularly good CEO. And the confidence he showed to admit he was gay, he’s really out there in every way and leading a company in a brilliant way. Let’s face it, we all have them [iPhones] in our pockets,” Kirkpatrick said.

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Nonetheless, he did question some of the decisions made by the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO. He said that he would have rather have the tech giant acquire Bose Corporation than Beats Electronics from a quality perspective.

Though he said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is religious in the sense that it closely guards its products and hopes its platforms be the dominant player in their fields, Kirkpatrick said that it doesn’t matter because it’s a religion that’s gaining adherence.

Christopher R. Hansen’s Valiant Capital owned about 1.6 million shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) by the end of the July to September quarter. That stake made up 18.98% of the Valiant Capital portfolio as of last reporting.