Bill Gates was on the Colbert Report to talk about the foundation’s humanitarian work and his annual letter. It’s encouraging to hear the audience cheer for reductions in global child mortality and ridding the world of polio! And Bill seemed to be having fun. Stephen Colbert asked Bill if he thought data was more important than passion and, perhaps surprising to some, Bill said passion, commitment is more important. But data and measurement, he said, makes passion more effective.
At one point, Colbert also asked Bill if he realized he wasn’t as cool as the late Steve Jobs. “You don’t have the cool factor, no offense,” said Colbert. Bill acknowledged he probably wasn’t as cool as Jobs. Bill: “It’s okay … He had his own style; I guess mine is a little geekier.” Actually, I think that made Bill look pretty cool.