Nice job, you got an A minus from Bill


Bill Gates does not praise lightly.

Some time ago, a colleague of mine helped to prepared a keynote address for Bill Gates. Afterward, he was informed that Bill rated the presentation an "A minus".

My colleague thought, "Wow, an A minus. It would be great to get some feedback from Bill about where I could have done better."

Bill's assistant explained, "Don't worry. That's the highest grade he gives."

Comments (15)
  1. steven says:

    Little typo: "to prepared" should lose the "d". I give this blog post an A minus.

    [Nice. Now I can't fix the typo, or it'll ruin your joke! -Raymond]
  2. Boris says:

    But if "A's hire A's and B's hire C's", does that mean Bill was an A-?

  3. Jimmy Queue says:

    "There's always room for improvement"

  4. 12BitSlab says:

    Raymond, just curious — have you ever have anything graded by billg?

  5. BOFH says:

    Praise from Caesar is praise indeed.

  6. HdwJunkie says:

    Back in the day, Melinda presented Bob at an AllCo mtg. When she finished her talk, she asked Bill how she did. "3.0" he said. Back then, a 3.0 on the review scale was one-half step from a pip.

  7. OldFart says:

    OK, I'll bite.  Is being "one-half step from a pip" a good thing or a bad thing?

  8. James says:

    PIP = personal improvement plan.

    quite a sucky process and a lot of folks just leave after / during the process

  9. Sacha says:

    Irresistibly reminded of the line from Futurama: "the lowest grade imaginable – an A minus MINUS!"

  10. DebugErr says:

    There's never anything perfect tho, makes sense to show that with a minus.

  11. foo says:

    @Joshua. I thought pips were stars on star trek uniforms. (you are probably correct but)

  12. foo says:

    Oops, meant "@James". Sorry.

  13. DebugErr says:

    @foo That's funny how you made up "Joshua" out of "James" and "Sacha"

  14. Mark Ransom says:

    Reminds me of this story of the BillG review. Great reading.

    http://www.joelonsoftware.com/…/16.html

  15. @Mark Ransom: So do I.

    I took me two years to realize Joel was probably not as agitated and excited as he seems in that article.

Comments are closed.

Skip to main content