Last week, Bill Gates gave what was billed as his last keynote as a full-time Microsoft employee at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He chose not to do a maudlin look backwards at all that he has done since 1975 but rather to look forward to his last day at Microsoft and his predictions of where the tech industry will be in the next decade. It was both a very funny and very poignant keynote...
A large part of his last keynote was dedicated to a video of what his last day at Microsoft would be like. It contained a string of stars and well-known individuals along with a lot of self-deprecating lines from the larger-than-life man himself.
It starts with the news report from Brian Williams about his departure, goes to his work out with Matthew McConaughey, and continues with his "busy" schedule for the rest of the day. There are his attempts at getting a new job with his famous friends (my favorite is the Jon Stewart piece) and finally ends with him cleaning out his desk and driving off in his Ford Focus (with his box of stuff on the top of his car). It is brilliant!
Ah, we will all miss the guy but perhaps none more than the Microsoft employees. But the good news is that he will take over the reins of his charitable foundation ( the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) -- a worthwhile way to continue his contributions to the world.
Yours in BI success,
Posted January 8, 2008 1:59 PM
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