Bill Gates sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine for extensive interview that dealt mostly with his charitable foundation.  In the interview there were a few questions surrounding technology and Microsoft. He revealed that Microsoft was also interested in buying WhatsApp. He personally feels WhatsApp is extremely valuable company, but the price Mark paid for WhatsApp is more than what he expected. If there’s a deal that symbolizes where Silicon Valley is today, it’s Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. What does that say about the economics of Silicon Valley right now? It means that Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the next Facebook. Mark has the credibility to say, “I’m going to spend $19 billion to buy something that has essentially no revenue model.” I think his aggressiveness is wise – although the price is higher than I would have expected. It shows that user bases are extremely valuable. It’s software; it ...

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  Last August, Microsoft announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital which owns approximately 0.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Microsoft common stock and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. The cooperation agreement provided for regular meetings between Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, and selected Microsoft directors and management to discuss a range of significant business issues. The agreement also gave ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board of directors beginning at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting. As a result, Microsoft yesterday announced that Mason Morfit has joined Microsoft’s board of directors and its audit committee. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and its audit committee. ...

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A new report claims that then Cloud EVP Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, along with Bill Gates and the Microsoft board all initially opposed Steve Ballmer’s plan to acquire Nokia.  Nadella would later change his mind but Bates remained vehemently opposed. Tony Bates is no longer with the company, Gates stepped down as chairman, while Ballmer is now on the board and Satya Nadella is currently CEO. If this report is indeed true, I have a deepened respect for Steve Ballmer. Bloomberg reports: Ballmer’s relations with the board hit a low when he shouted at a June meeting that if he didn’t get his way he couldn’t be CEO, people briefed on the meeting said. The flare-up was over his proposed purchase of most of Nokia Oyj, and part of an ongoing debate: Should Microsoft be a software company or a hardware company too? Several directors and co-founder and then-Chairman Bill ...

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Forbes today released their world’s richest billionaires list and Bill Gates is back to the top of the list. He now owns a net worth of $76 billion up $9 billion from the year ago, thanks to rising Microsoft share value. Bill Gates now owns $78 billion after giving away over $28 billion in his lifetime through his foundation. Helped by a bounce in shares of Microsoft, Bill Gates returns to the top of our annual Billionaires list this year after a four year hiatus. He is worth $9 billion more than a year ago, and has now been the world’s richest person for 15 out of the past 20 years. The Microsoft cofounder, who stepped down as chairman this year, has agreed to spend more time helping the software company’s product managers work on innovations. Meanwhile, Gates, who has given away more than $28 billion in his lifetime, remains ...

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Microsoft today announced that one finalist team in its Imagine Cup global student technology competition will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates. This will allow the winning team of students to interact with Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation chairman in person to share their dreams and excitement for a brighter future. Imagine cup is scheduled to happen in Redmond, Wash., from July 29 – Aug. 1. And so I’m very pleased to announce that one Imagine Cup World Finalist team will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That team of students will get the chance to share their dreams and their excitement for a brighter future in person with this entrepreneur, innovator, and humanitarian. We’re very grateful to share this opportunity with the students of Imagine Cup. And if it sounds like something you’ve ...

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In his first interview to external publication after becoming CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella talks about his leadership lessons from his past leaders Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, his management approach, One Microsoft Strategy and more. When asked about his learning from Steve Ballmer, he cited an incident with Ballmer from which he learned, ‘The lesson was that you have to stay grounded, and to be brutally honest with yourself on where you stand.”. Q.And what about Bill Gates? A. Bill is the most analytically rigorous person. He’s always very well prepared, and in the first five seconds of a meeting he’ll find some logical flaw in something I’ve shown him. I’ll wonder, how can it be that I pour in all this energy and still I didn’t see something? In the beginning, I used to say, “I’m really intimidated by him.” But he’s actually quite grounded. You can push ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. Here are some his answers. Hey Bill, if you didn’t go into computers and later found Microsoft, what do you think you would be doing? I considered law and math. My Dad was a lawyer. I think though I would have ended up in physics if I didn’t end up in computer science. My question to you is, What’s your biggest fear? Kids getting hurt or sick. Who is your role model? People who devote their lives to working in poor countries are doing amazing work with very little visibility. I have gotten to meet some of them. How do you deal with the anti-vaccination sentiment that seems to be growing in our society? Have you ever found yourself justifying your efforts to reduce polio? In all countries vaccine rumors seem to always get ahead of vaccine facts. This ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. Here are some his answers. Hi Bill, So awesome for you to do an AMA! University student here with an entrepreneurial mindset. What role would you say higher education (university and beyond) played in your success? What is your current opinion of the higher education system? What is the best advice you can give to someone looking to create successful startup ventures? I would be honored if you could answer these questions! I love college courses. I still watch a lot of them. I read a lot about people who had been successful. College was fun for me. So the part of the higher education system I got to experience was amazing – unfortunately most people don’t get to go to Harvard or the equivalent. It is strange to call me a college drop out in all but the ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. He spoke about his new role at Microsoft, role of NSA and more. I had a lot of fun doing last year’s AMA and am excited to come back for another round of questions about everything from philanthropy to technology to how to lose a chess match in less than 90 seconds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84NwnSltHFo). (Step 1: Play the world champion. There is no step 2.) I hope you’ll read my annual letter (http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/). Melinda and I talk about three myths that block progress for the poor. I’ll be answering your questions live from my office, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Proof: http://i.imgur.com/iqvPs7N.jpg UPDATE: I’ve responded to a few myths ahead of time, including one that involves me and a $100 bill. Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZnmpDrjtDc Read some of his answers below, How do you feel about the NSA and ...

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Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella along with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer yesterday addressed hundreds of Microsoft employee’s regarding this new change at Microsoft. Microsoft’s official blog puts it in a good way as below, As hundreds of Microsoft employees swarmed around a small stage and craned their necks over three floors of balconies and stairwells, raising voices and clapping hands to welcome the company’s third CEO, Satya Nadella – and to honor the previous two CEOs, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. On that stage in the middle of the Studio D atrium, the company’s three CEOs Satya Nadella, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer stood together to talk about the future of Microsoft. “I am honored, humbled and excited – three words that describe what I feel,” said Nadella, who thanked Gates and Ballmer and smiled into a crowd documenting everything with a sea of Windows Phone devices. “You and ...

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After the official announcement about Satya becoming the CEO of Microsoft, he is now on public webcast which you can enjoy. Satya Nadella is strong advocate for customers and partners, and proven leader with strong technical and engineering expertise. He is addressing customers and partners for the first time as CEO during a Customer and Partner Webcast event. Watch the webcast here. Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella and Bill Gates addressed a gathering at Microsoft today. Watch the photos from the event below. ...

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Frank Shaw tweeted moments ago that Satya Nadella has become CEO of Microsoft. Official statement from Microsoft: “As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.” Satya Nadella on Satya Nadella Bill Gates on Satya Nadella Steve Ballmer on Satya Nadella John W Thompson on Satya Nadella With a perspective based on more than two decades at Microsoft as someone who pushed to make dynamic changes happen, both in the company’s products and its culture, Satya Nadella says he is both “honored and humbled” ...

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Confirming the previous reports from WSJ and Recode, Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates may get involved in product development at Microsoft after the new CEO was announced. There were multiple reports in the past few days that Satya Nadella will be announced as the new CEO and Bill Gates will step down from his chairman position to get involved in product development. As the board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s next chief executive officer, it’s considering replacing Gates as board chairman, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Gates would remain a director and be involved in product development, focusing less on administration, the people said. He’s weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week, a person briefed on the matter said. Related posts: Report: Microsoft May Name Satya Nadella As Its Next CEO, Gates Will Be Out As Chairman ...

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As Microsoft board is nearing the announcement about its next CEO, there were multiple reports on the discussions going on between board and the likely CEO Satya Nadella. Recode and WSJ both reported that Satya Nadella has requested Microsoft’s board to ask Bill Gates to spend more time on technology and strategy by assisting him as CEO. After the board’s search committee recommended Mr. Nadella, he told the board that a bigger role for Mr. Gates as a close adviser is “what I need to be successful,” the person familiar with the matter said. Since Bill Gates is already focused on his Gates foundation work in addition to being Microsoft’s chairman, it is unlikely that he will accept this new role which Satya demands to board. Recode reports that Bill Gates would step down as chairman in favor of the director John Thompson, as part of the changes. Sources said that ...

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Bill Gates yesterday took part in the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his foundation work and more. He wanted to promote his website, GatesLetter.com, with a viral video. This viral video was aired on TV and you can watch it above. http://www.GatesLetter.com is a new URL to 2014 Gates Annual Letter which talks about 3 myths that affects growth of developing nations. 3 MYTHS THAT BLOCK PROGRESS FOR THE POOR By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this ...

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Bill Gates has said this so many times in the past, he said it again today. What is that? He is not returning to Microsoft for a full-time job and he will continue to work for his foundation for rest of his life. He also said that Microsoft board which is pretty good is continuing its search to find the best possible CEO for Microsoft. Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates discussed about all these on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop” program. Watch the video above. Source: Bloomberg ...

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