Bill Gates’ Transition


I’m listening to the Town Hall Meeting right now but obviously, this is a public announcement. Here are my thoughts:


I don’t have any insight into how many technology decisions are being driven via Bill versus the people that work for him. I hear great things about Ray Ozzie, but not being technical myself, it’s hard for me to say what a good technology decision looks like and the day-to-day dynamics of Bill’s current role. As an employee of Microsoft, though there wasn’t any advance warning of the news, I can’t say I’m particularly surprised by this announcement. You can hear Bill’s passion for the foundation when he speaks about it.


I think the potential of Bill to become the biggest philanthropist of all time is pretty cool. The thought of his mind focusing on health care and education issues full time has a broader potential impact, so my excitement around this comes from the perspective of being a citizen of the world versus a knowledge worker or Microsoft employee.


I won’t get all the details of the announcement right so best place to get the scoop is here:


Microsoft Presspass

Comments (4)

  1. Mel says:

    It’s gotta be one hell of a feeling to have the influence, resources and time to address problems you’re passionate about and will affect so many people.

    Bill’s been inspirational but now he has the opportunity to become legendary.

    There is power in focus. With Bill’s mind & influence (and of course his bucks) it will be interesting to see where the foundation goes and does.

  2. christien says:

    This seems like just a formality as to what he’s been for a while now…kind of like a figurehead (i.e. Queen Elizabeth, the  rich male version).

  3. HeatherLeigh says:

    Mel, agreed. I like how honest he is about his wealth. Goes to show there’s something more important than software…wait, did I just say that? : )

    Christien-interesting characterization though I wouldn’t really agree. I think if Bill wasn’t involved in the day-to-day full-time, the announcement wouldn’t have been necessary. Having said that, his part-time involvement will be valuable and we have got lots of smart tech folks here that are stepping up. I think that making the change over 2 years is wise, though I’m pretty excited about seeing what the Gates foundation is going to do.