“Here’s to the geeks” – Bill Gates on Colbert Report

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Philippe-Boucher/585203593 Philippe Boucher

    It’s an interesting segment and Bill looks pretty cool indeed. But Stephen Colbert asks him a critical question about why the Foundation does not focus more on the problems in the US. Bill’s answer is they have decided education was the key issue and that’s what they focus on. Is education the key issue? What about inequality? Could it be devoting too little on trying to deal with US problems is not such a good strategy? nor for the US, nor for the world?