Bill Gates

A Quote by Bill Gates on complexity, solution, and technology

Cutting through complexity to find a solution runs through four predictable stages: determine a goal, find the highest-leverage approach, discover the ideal technology for that approach, and in the meantime, make the smartest application of the technology that you already have — whether it’s something sophisticated, like a drug, or something simpler, like a bednet.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on davos, excitement, and passion

I remember going to Davos some years back and sitting on a global health panel that was discussing ways to save millions of lives. Millions! Think of the thrill of saving just one person’s life – then multiply that by millions. … Yet this was the most boring panel I’ve ever been on – ever. So boring even I couldn’t bear it.

What made that experience especially striking was that I had just come from an event where we were introducing version 13 of some piece of software, and we had people jumping and shouting with excitement. I love getting people excited about software – but why can’t we generate even more excitement for saving lives?

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on cause and money

Imagine, just for the sake of discussion, that you had a few hours a week and a few dollars a month to donate to a cause – and you wanted to spend that time and money where it would have the greatest impact in saving and improving lives. Where would you spend it?

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on giving, charity, philanthopy, conscious capitalism, business, conscious business, and change the world

If you believe that every life has equal value, it’s revolting to learn that some lives are seen as worth saving and others are not. We said to ourselves: “This can’t be true. But if it is true, it deserves to be the priority of our giving.”

So we began our work in the same way anyone here would begin it. We asked: “How could the world let these children die?”

The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, and governments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers had no power in the market and no voice in the system.

But you and I have both.

We can make market forces work better for the poor if we can develop a more creative capitalism – if we can stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or at least make a living, serving people who are suffering from the worst inequities. We also can press governments around the world to spend taxpayer money in ways that better reflect the values of the people who pay the taxes.

If we can find approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business and votes for politicians, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce inequity in the world. This task is open-ended. It can never be finished. But a conscious effort to answer this challenge will change the world.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on caring, action, complexity, and solution

The barrier to change is not too little caring; it is too much complexity.

To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact. But complexity blocks all three steps.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on media, death, and suffering

The media covers what’s new – and millions of people dying is nothing new. So it stays in the background, where it’s easier to ignore. But even when we do see it or read about it, it’s difficult to keep our eyes on the problem. It’s hard to look at suffering if the situation is so complex that we don’t know how to help. And so we look away.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on inequity and disparity

I left Harvard with no real awareness of the awful inequities in the world -- the appalling disparities of health, and wealth, and opportunity that condemn millions of people to lives of despair.

I learned a lot here at Harvard about new ideas in economics and politics. I got great exposure to the advances being made in the sciences.

But humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries – but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Whether through democracy, strong public education, quality health care, or broad economic opportunity – reducing inequity is the highest human achievement.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Commencement Speech at Harvard: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118124139854628069.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on success and failure

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Bill Gates

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A Quote by Bill Gates on success

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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

Bill Gates

Source: The Road Ahead : Completely Revised and Up-to-Date

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A Quote by Bill Gates on solutions and problems

If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.

Bill Gates

Source: At Live8 (2 July 2005) as reported in BBC News (4 July 2005)

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