Bill Gates

  • EcoMotors Revs Its Engine With $23.5 Million Series B Funding From Bill Gates And Khosla Ventures

    EcoMotors Revs Its Engine With $23.5 Million Series B Funding From Bill Gates And Khosla Ventures

    EcoMotors announced today a $23.5 million series B funding round from Khosla Ventures and Bill Gates that the company will use to build and test its eco-friendly engine, known as an Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder (OPOC) engine. EcoMotors makes engines that run on diesel or gasoline but have greater power density, weigh less and produce lower carbon emissions than conventional engines. Read More

  • Bill Gates says the iPad isn't 'there yet'

    Bill Gates says the iPad isn't 'there yet'

    Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, was on Larry King Live on CNN last night. (Larry King’s still on the air? Gotcha.) He was there with his father, William Henry Gates, Sr., and they talked about a number of fun and exciting things. And wouldn’t you know it, the iPad was one of those things. His take on Apple’s “magical and revolutionary” thingamajig? Read More

  • Iron Man 2 Is Allegorical To Gates Vs. Jobs, Says Reader

    Iron Man 2 Is Allegorical To Gates Vs. Jobs, Says Reader

    The movie Pirates of Silicon Valley (based on the book Fire In The Valley) came out in 1999. The final scene takes place in 1997 when recently-reinstated (interim) CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage at Macworld to announce an alliance with Microsoft to ensure Apple’s future — with Bill Gates’ head on a giant screen behind him. Times have changed. Jobs has now been the official… Read More

  • Bill Gates Talks About How To Change The World (Live Video)

    Bill Gates Talks About How To Change The World (Live Video)

    How does Bill Gates inspire students to change the world? Tune in here to find out. Gates is kicking off a college tour today with a speech to students at UC Berkeley. He will talk about the big challenges facing the world today (poverty, health, energy, climate change) and what can be done to tackle them. The key is innovation in both the public and private sectors, using technology in… Read More

  • Bill Gates Goes Back To College, Livestream At 11

    Bill Gates Goes Back To College, Livestream At 11

    Bill Gates is spending most of his time these days with the Gates Foundation, which he started with his wife Melinda to take a new approach to philanthropy after leaving his day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft. Gates has been blogging occasionally and taking to Twitter. Today, he is going back to college on a speaking tour to encourage students to take on big challenges like fighting… Read More

  • Gates and Toshiba to put billions into 100-year reactor

    Gates and Toshiba to put billions into 100-year reactor

    If it turns out that Gates really is an evil genius, we’re all screwed. I mean, first he’ll unleash a plague of hurricanes on the coasts of the world, then he’ll release clouds of mosquitoes all over the newly marshy world, and then he’ll tell all the Windows-running reactors to shut down and he’ll be only power source, running for 100 years off depleted uranium. Read More

  • Replicators, Innovators, and Bill Gates

    Replicators, Innovators, and Bill Gates

    My last post triggered some interesting debates in the blogosphere about whether entrepreneurs were a product of nature or could be nurtured. It’s not black or white. People are a product of their upbringing and education. Average humans can achieve extraordinary feats when they really try. I’ll concede that, like some great athletes, some great entrepreneurs may have something… Read More

  • Is Bill Gates' New Website Really Running On Linux?

    Is Bill Gates' New Website Really Running On Linux?

    Sometimes tips come in that seem too good to be true. Take today, for example. I got a tip that Bill Gates’ new site, The Gates Notes, was running on a Linux-powered server. This would be ironic since Gates is of course the founder of Microsoft, which is Linux’s biggest competitor in the server market. It would be the equivalent of catching Gates or CEO Steve Ballmer being caught… Read More

  • Bill Gates hangin' with Mr. Stewart

    Even the Daily Show is fair and balanced! Jon Stewart interview Bill Gates last night and it was pretty interesting. When Gates isn’t trying to sell his company anymore he’s very mild-mannered and delightfully polite. Plus he dances like Pauly-D. Read More

  • How much to tour Bill Gates' house? About $35k

    How much to tour Bill Gates' house? About $35k

    Microsoft (and particularly Bill Gates) is well known for it’s philanthropic work, including a charity auction conducted each fall. One of the most popular items donated is a tour of the Bill’s famous Lake Washington home. Last year, the highest bid was $8,600. This year, the bidding skyrocketed up to $35,000! Read More

  • Hey, look: It's Jerry Seinfeld using a Mac! Someone call Bill Gates or something!

    Hey, look: It's Jerry Seinfeld using a Mac! Someone call Bill Gates or something!

    Remember those Microsoft ads from a little over a year ago, the ones with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates trying on shoes? Of course you do; it’s all the Internet talked about for days. I present to you this shocking photo: Seinfeld using a Mac! Read More

  • Gates: Natal coming to Windows

    Gates: Natal coming to Windows


    I didn’t put it in quotes because he more endorsed it than straight up said it was happening, but I think we all know that if the big guy sees it happening, it’s probably happening sometime soon. Gates was talking about Natal in an broad and interesting interview over at CNET, and mentioned that Microsoft Research is deep into working on home and office implementations of the… Read More

  • The 2009 List Of Tech Billionaires And How Much They Lost

    The 2009 List Of Tech Billionaires And How Much They Lost

    Forbes released its list of the world’s billionaires and it looks like the U.S. tech billionaires took a pretty hefty hit from the economic crisis. The 40 tech billionaires we identified on the list collectively lost $81.5 billion compared to their standing in last year’s list. That is a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.4 trillion in net worth that disappeared from the… Read More

  • No iPods allowed in Bill Gates’ house

    No iPods allowed in Bill Gates’ house

    Apparently an article in this month’s Vogue (I can’t believe I let my subscription run out!!!) found Melinda Gates saying that iPods and iPhones are a no-no in the Gates household. Read More

  • Bill Gates' mysterious new "think tank": bgC3

    Bill Gates' mysterious new "think tank": bgC3

    It’s only been a few months since Bill’s last day at Microsoft. Everybody asked themselves (and him, obviously) “what’s next?” Clearly his greatest responsibility is to the Foundation, but to leave tech entirely? Not likely. Although it may be an ignominious comparison, consider Michael Corleone: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back… Read More

  • Latest Microsoft ad – sans Seinfeld

    Check it out! The latest commercial has Bill, but no Jerry. It actually drives home that a lot of people use a PC and not everyone looks like Apple’s PC character. Well done. Read More

  • What's the deal with those Seinfeld, Microsoft ads? We know the truth

    What's the deal with those Seinfeld, Microsoft ads? We know the truth

    Yesterday, we told you that the Seinfeld ads were being axed and we were 80 percent right. Microsoft will roll out the next phase of their marketing campaign sans Seinfeld. However, this doesn’t mean that Seinfeld is out for good. In fact, there are multiple spots remaining, but it’s unknown at the moment when they will roll. There’s obvious confusion going around with… Read More

  • Confirmed: Microsoft cutting Jerry Seinfeld ads tomorrow

    Confirmed: Microsoft cutting Jerry Seinfeld ads tomorrow

    We’ve confirmed with multiple sources that Microsoft will announce the second phase of their $300 million marketing campaign, which, unfortunately, axes Jerry Seinfeld. Waggener Edstrom confirmed the move tonight. According to WaggEd, Microsoft will spin it in a way that would make us believe that axing Jerry was the plan the whole time, which it is according to our sources out West. Read More

  • New Family: Second Microsoft commercial with Bill and Jerry

    New Family: Second Microsoft commercial with Bill and Jerry

    Microsoft’s second commercial just aired during Big Brother and I’ve gotta say this one is pretty hilarious. Check it after the jump and let us know what you think. Read More

  • Microsoft commercial with Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=microsoft.flv Here’s that commercial we told you about earlier – the first in the series of ads for Microsoft’s $300 million campaign to help prop up Windows Vista. I just grabbed it off my TV while watching the Giants/Redskins game. While this ad doesn’t really tell us anything about Microsoft or its products, it does… Read More