Bill Gates

  • Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $250,000 to the Startup Weekend EDU series of events, the dedicated education-focused vertical within the non-profit. The Startup Weekend organization, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and the social learning startup Grockit, offers intense 54-hour events where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, form teams, build… Read More

  • Bill Gates Pitches Windows Vista, Predicts The iPad (2006 Video)

    Bill Gates Pitches Windows Vista, Predicts The iPad (2006 Video)

    Five years ago, I was working for a Belgian company that published the only weekly IT magazine in the country, Data News. I was not a reporter, but in charge of its online media products. When it was announced that Microsoft founder Bill Gates would be coming to Brussels to, for the first time, pitch Windows Vista to enterprise customers and partners at the MS Business Innovation Event, I… Read More

  • Bill Gates On Nuclear Energy: Compared To Coal, It Is Still Safer In Terms Of People "Killed Per Kilowatt Hour"

    Bill Gates On Nuclear Energy: Compared To Coal, It Is Still Safer In Terms Of People "Killed Per Kilowatt Hour"

    After the nuclear disaster in Japan at the Fukushima reactors, the general public is understandably skittish about nuclear energy once again. But not Bill Gates. Speaking today at a Wired business conference in New York City, he is talking up the benefits of nuclear energy, particularly next-generation designs. The backlash, he thinks, is overblown. “If you compare it to the amount… Read More

  • Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right—Bill or Steve?

    Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right—Bill or Steve?

    When students asked what subjects they should major in to become a tech entrepreneur, I used to say engineering, mathematics, and science—because an education in these fields is the prerequisite for innovation, and because engineers make the best entrepreneurs. That was several years ago. I realized how much my views have changed when the The New York Times asked me to write a piece for… Read More

  • 'Beatbox' Bill Gates Takes On 'Sinista' Steve Jobs In A Rap Battle (Video)

    You can debate if there is still that much of an epic battle between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs – or Microsoft and Apple in other words – at all these days. As much as pundits like to keep drawing comparisons to their financials, the tech world is far more interesting that the competition between those industry giants, who are destined to remain giants for a long time. Before I… Read More

  • As Non-Proliferation Treaty Takes Effect, Should Nukes Be Seen As Clean Energy Source?

    As Non-Proliferation Treaty Takes Effect, Should Nukes Be Seen As Clean Energy Source?

    This weekend, a ratified nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States went into effect, reducing and limiting each nation’s allowable arsenal of nuclear weapons. The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 2) also allows U.S. inspectors access to monitor Russian nuclear weapons technology, facilities and forces, which they were prevented from doing since the… Read More

  • That's Ballmer With A "B" — For "Billions"

    That's Ballmer With A "B" — For "Billions"

    Well, Steve Ballmer certainly had a productive week. Over the past three days, the Microsoft CEO has sold 49.3 million shares of his company stock, Reuters reports. With the share price hovering around $27, the sale has made him about $1.3 billion. Not bad for three days. And he’s not done yet. Ballmer apparently intends to sell as much as 75 million of his shares in total by the end of… Read More

  • Has Bill Gates Finally Climbed out of the "Evil" Penalty Box?

    Has Bill Gates Finally Climbed out of the "Evil" Penalty Box?

    The “Waiting for Superman” movement continues to sweep through the Valley with news that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has donated $100 million to Newark Schools– no doubt encouraged by his COO Sheryl Sandberg who has been a big supporter of the movie and the movement to reform public education. Some people have insinuated the move was a calculated ploy to whitewash… Read More

  • Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web

    Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web

    Bill Gates thinks something is going to die too. No, it’s not physical books like Nicholas Negroponte — instead, Gates thinks the idea of young adults having to go to universities in order to get an education is going to go away relatively soon. Well, provided they’re self-motivated learners. “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the… Read More

  • Bill Gates' Mind Is In The Gutter. Literally.

    Bill Gates' Mind Is In The Gutter. Literally.

    To wrap up the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA, Bill Gates took the stage to talk with host Brent Schiender. A big idea of the conference was the future of technology, especially as it related to the economy. Gates talked a lot about that, but perhaps in a way you wouldn’t imagine. His mind was in the gutter. Literally. “Latrines are fascinating,” Gates said. The way… Read More