Famous Bill Gates Quotes On Computing & Technology
“Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so irritating."
“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user."
“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."
“We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be."
“When the PC was launched, people knew it was important."
“The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn’t get bigger or heavier."
“To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard."
“When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen."
“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life."
“The Internet will help achieve “friction free capitalism" by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other."
Quotes By Bill Gates On Money & Business
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."
“This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50."
“Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes."
“If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected."
“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana."
“There’s only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that’s already been written."
“It’s not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that. There’s nobody getting rich writing software that I know of."
“Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved."
“About three million computers get sold every year in China, but people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade."
“Make it just like a Mac."
“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas, but the image is that they all come from the top — I’m afraid that’s not quite right."
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it."
“In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will."
“We’re responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software.. that’s something we brought to computing. And so it’s a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don’t get in the way of that dream."
“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?"
“Every day were saying, ‘How can we keep this customer happy?’ How can we get ahead in innovation by doing this, because if we don’t, somebody else will."
“It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not."
“Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that."
“If something is expensive to develop, and somebody’s not going to get paid, it won’t get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?"
“If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act."
“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good."
“In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone."
“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana."
“Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness."
Inspirational Bill Gates Quotes On Success & Leadership
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."
“I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don’t just think, yes my country is doing well, but you think about the world at large."
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."
“Patience is a key element of success."
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose."
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."
“If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble."
“The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system."
“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight."
“Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it’s really let us down."
“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks."
“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself."
Bill Gates Famous Quotes
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard.
If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should.
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home. I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It’s so far away in time that they can’t appreciate what it means for their whole life.
If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor. I mean everybody. The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means everyone.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.
The U.S. immigration laws are bad – really, really bad. I’d say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government’s name.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t spend a whole lot of time following soccer. But as I have traveled around the world to better understand global development and health, I’ve learned that soccer is truly universal. No matter where I go, that’s what kids are playing. That’s what people are talking about.
In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance… you thrive on that.
I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.
By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited… The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even when you turn virtuous, things are actually going to get worse for quite a while.
Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school.
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
When Ford sells a car, a dealer isn’t allowed to take out the engine and put a different one in. When a newsstand sells the Washington Post, no one can go to the newsstand and pay them to rip out the classified section and put their own classified section in – if they could, they would do so.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.
Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It’s basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it’s wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protester so that state secrets, bad developments are not hidden anymore.
On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it’s digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules – not just for governments but for private companies.
The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it’s Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same.
Over time, yes, countries will need to look at specific GMO products like they look at drugs today, where they don’t approve them all. They look hard at the safety and the testing. And they make sure that the benefits far outweigh any of the downsides.
I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool.
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
The misconception that aid falls straight into the hands of dictators largely stems from the Cold War era.
There is no doubt that as an economy grows in a great way like India has, that you have to step back and change your tax systems, because you start to get more disparities of wealth.
If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.
Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone.
I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
The Rolling Stone Interview (2014)
Response when he was asked whether he believed in God, at . March 27, 2014:
The moral systems of religion, I think, are superimportant. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in.
I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill. But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there’s no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view. I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.
TED: 2009 – 2010
First we’ve got population. Now, the world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that (forecast) by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3 (per year). (Often misrepresented as meaning that he wanted to see current world population reduced via vaccine side-effects)
This leads to the paradox, that because the disease is only in the poor countries, there is not much investment. For example, there is more money put into baldness drugs, than are put into malaria. Now, baldness, it is a terrible thing [audience laughter] and rich men are afflicted, so that is why that priority is set. Video of this speech by Bill Gates may be viewed
Interview from The Book Programmers at Work (1986)
The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.
You’ve got to be willing to read other people’s code, and then write your own, then have other people review your code. You’ve got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you’re doing wrong…
The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree.
We’re no longer in the days where everything is super well crafted. But at the heart of the programs that make it to the top, you’ll find that the key internal code was done by a few people who really know what they were doing.
Unfortunately, many programs are so big that there is no one individual who really knows all the pieces, and so the amount of code sharing you get isn’t as great. Also, the opportunity to go back and really rewrite something isn’t quite as great, because there’s always a new set of features that you’re adding on to the same program.
The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don’t lay a solid foundation, and then they’re not involved in the program in the future.
Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the programs down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they’ll just stick in these checks without thinking how they might slow the thing down.
Before Paul and I started the company, we had been involved in some large-scale software projects that were real disasters. They just kept pouring people in, and nobody knew how they were going to stabilize the project. We swore to ourselves that we would do better.
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