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Bill Gates
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Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back to the company. Bill Gates

You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well. Bill Gates

Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It's a good thing we have museums to document that. Bill Gates

I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time. Bill Gates

I realized about 10 years ago that my wealth has to go back to society. A fortune, the size of which is hard to imagine, is best not passed on to one's children. It's not constructive for them. Bill Gates

Customer service will become the primary value added function of every business. Bill Gates

Only a few businesses will succeed by having the lowest price, so most will need a strategy that includes customer services. Bill Gates

Often you just have to rely on your intuition. Bill Gates

If I had one dollar left, I'd spend it on PR Bill Gates

Here at work we're all just trying to get a job done. My people have the confidence of their convictions and they know their skills. And that occupies most of my time. Bill Gates

I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt... They made their way through the machine... A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. Bill Gates

The present and future of knowledge attainment and essential business skills. Bill Gates

I work hard because I love my work. Bill Gates

If we have optimism without empathy then it doesn't matter how much we master the secrets of science. We're not really solving problems, we're just working on puzzles. Bill Gates

The two areas that are changing... are information technology and medical technology. Those are the things that the world will be very different 20 years from now than it is today. Bill Gates

India just went 3 years with no cases [of polio]. Pakistan is our toughest location right now because some parts of the Taliban have not allowed vaccinators to come in and have even attacked vaccinators. We are hopeful this will get resolved since no one wants their kid to be paralyzed. I spend a lot of time making sure the polio campaign is doing the best it can. We have great computer models that help guide our activities. Bill Gates

When you have the medical advances you think will they be available to everyone. Will they not just be for the rich world or even just the rich people and the rich world? Will they be for the world at large? Bill Gates

Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones. It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it - at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air. Bill Gates

Microsoft's philosophy is to 'do things better.' And Vista has given us lots of opportunity to do that. Bill Gates

If you rely too much on the people in other countries and other companies, in a sense that's your brain and you are outsourcing your brain. Bill Gates

The job was to put into a, a computer with only 4K of memory an entire basic full blown, floating point Basic and that's one of the greatest programming feats I've ever had a chance to work on. Bill Gates

When you develop software, the people who write the software, the developers are the key group but the testers also play an absolutely critical role. They're the ones who ah, write thousands and thousands of examples and make sure that it's going to work on all the different computers and printers and the different amounts of memory or networks that the software'11 be used in. That's a very hard job. Bill Gates

The trick generally is to break programs into pieces and have those pieces be individually testable and so then when you move on to the other pieces you treat it as a black box knowing that it either works or doesn't work. Bill Gates

Software is inherently complicated. If you say to somebody I want an airline reservation system, to really say what you want in terms of overbooking and fares, and different airlines communicating with each or schedule changes, it's immensely complex. And so you can't write a program that's any simpler than that full specification. Bill Gates

Good programmers stay open minded to that even though there is no obvious way to improve what they've done they... they keep looking and they listen to what other people have to say. Bill Gates

The term, information at your fingertips, is to remind people what a broad role the personal computer will be playing. It's not a computation device, it's not a word processing or a spreadsheet device. It's a window onto the world of information. Bill Gates

Software is definitely engineering. It's different in that we take on novel tasks every time. It's not like building a certain bridge that is virtually identical to some previous bridge or some previous building. Bill Gates

Over 80% of the poor are people who have small plots of land and grow their own food and they don't grow enough to sell much into the marketplace. So they will be hit hard by the worst in climate. They really get hit hard starting in the 20-year time frame and thereafter. Bill Gates

The only role other than paying their taxes, whatever those are, the only role for philanthropy broadly - of which the rich should give disproportionately - the more, the better - and I think there is a positive trend in that direction - there are certain risk-taking things, like trying out a new type of charter school or funding a new kind of medicine. Bill Gates

Other paths would include making nuclear fission cheap enough and safe enough that people broadly embrace it, so that could be scaled up. Bill Gates

I could name about a dozen paths, and you'd like to have a whole bunch of research on all those paths, and then, eventually, at least four to five companies with really significant financing try and get to big scale, going down and really trying to prove it out. Bill Gates

I really do think cancer will largely be a solved problem. I think most of the infectious diseases like malaria - our foundation is very involved - once we're finishing polio eradication, then starting up this malaria eradication, and getting that done as fast as we can. Bill Gates

We don't have the user centricity. Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence - presence is the most trivial notion, just am I on this device or not; it doesn't say am I meeting with something, am I focused on writing something. Bill Gates

Any operating system without a browser is going to be fucking out of business. Should we improve our product, or go out of business? Bill Gates

In a system of capitalism, as people's wealth rises, the financial incentive to serve them rises. As their wealth falls, the financial incentive to serve them falls, until it becomes zero. We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well. Bill Gates

...one of the most inventive forms of creative capitalism involves someone we all know very well. A few years ago, I was sitting in a bar here in Davos with Bono. Late at night, after a few drinks, he was on fire, talking about how we could get a percentage of each purchase from civic-minded companies to help change the world. He kept calling people, waking them up, and handing me the phone to show me the interest. Bill Gates

The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, and governments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers had no power in the market and no voice in the system. Bill Gates

If you want to build a great company, get the hell out of Silicon Valley. Bill Gates

Test scores aren't perfect, but having a test score for math or reading or other things that we can objectively measure is a meaningful component that makes a lot of sense. Bill Gates

Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace. Bill Gates

This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50. Bill Gates

The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster. Bill Gates

You know capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it's really let us down. Bill Gates

Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education. Bill Gates

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning. Bill Gates

3D is a way of organizing things, particularly as we're getting much more media information on the computer, a lot more choices, a lot more navigation than we've ever had before. Bill Gates

You can't have a rigid view that all new taxes are evil. Bill Gates

Unfortunately, the highly curious student is a small percentage of the kids. Bill Gates

The world has been very careful to pick very few diseases for eradication, because it is very tough. Bill Gates

Being flooded with information doesn't mean we have the right information or that we're in touch with the right people. Bill Gates

Music, even with these dial-up connections you have to the Internet, is very practical to download. Bill Gates

I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful! Bill Gates

Digital technology has several features that can make it much easier for teachers to pay special attention to all their students. Bill Gates

I think when smallpox was eliminated, the whole world got pretty excited about that because it's just such a dramatic success. Bill Gates

It is hard to overstate how valuable it is to have all the incredible tools that are used for human disease to study plants. Bill Gates

It's a nice reader, but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, 'Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.' Bill Gates

Philanthropy should be voluntary. Bill Gates

The thing about HD-DVD that is attractive to Microsoft is that it's very pro-consumer in letting you copy all movies up onto the hard disk. Bill Gates

Whenever you have multiple devices including multiple PCs that you want to share information with, it's always been a bit complicated. Bill Gates

The most interesting biofuel efforts avoid using land that's expensive and has high opportunity costs. They do this by getting onto other types of land, or taking advantage of byproducts that aren't used in the food chain today, or by intercropping. Bill Gates

In energy, you have to plan and do research way in advance, sometimes decades in advance to get a new system that's safer, doesn't require us to go around the world to get all our oil. Bill Gates

By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer. Bill Gates

Africa is on the rise. Bill Gates

Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society. Bill Gates

If you count E-mail, I'm on the Internet all day, every day. Bill Gates

K to 12 is partly about babysitting the kids so the parents can do other things. Bill Gates

The future of advertising is the Internet. Bill Gates

Fortunately for India, it has got a growing economy. If it is doing the right things with taxation and focusing on the right areas for human development, it is going to have no problem, over a period of time, taking care of its own needs. Bill Gates

The common thread for everything I do is this idea of a Web-services architecture. What does that mean? It means taking components of software and systems and having them be self-describing, so that you can aim them, ask them what their capabilities are, and communicate with them using a standard protocol. Bill Gates

There's 20 companies that I have investments in - some batteries, some solar-thermal, one big nuclear thing. We need hundreds and hundreds of companies like that, so that in a 20-year time frame we really are starting to change the energy infrastructure. Bill Gates



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