Over the course of any given year I probably read 10-20 different articles about Bill Gates. Most seem like a rehash of the same old thing and I walk away feeling like I didn't learn anything new. This one in a recent issue of Time magazine seemed different. Maybe it was this closing excerpt:
Gates is probably getting out of technology at the right time. Funnily enough, it's not really a business for nerds anymore. Gates was at the center of the personal computer revolution and the Internet revolution, but now the big innovations are about exactly the things he's bad at. The iPod was an aesthetic revolution. MySpace was a social revolution. YouTube was an entertainment revolution. This is not what Gates does. Technology doesn't need him anymore.
Harsh, but hard to argue with, don't you think? Nevertheless, it's great to see him investing his time, energy and wealth in such noble causes as health and education issues. Plenty of millionaires and billionaires have come and gone before him, perfectly content to sit on their fortune, so I (truly) admire what BillG is doing on the philanthropy front. (Read the full article to see why Gates doesn't like the use of "truly"...)