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.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
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.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.
By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down.
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.
Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back.
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.
Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.
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.
I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
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.
Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness.
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.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy.
If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.
If you’re low-income in the United States, you have a higher chance of going to jail than you do of getting a four-year degree. And that doesn’t seem entirely fair.
Globalization has made copper and other minerals more valuable, and Ghana and Kenya have recently discovered mineral resources.
The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.