This morning we posted a very special interview on Channel 9 with Bill Gates. In this video interview, Charles Torre sits down with Bill Gates and they talk about everything from philantropy, the CSA role, competition with Google and platforms.
I believe this will go down as one of our greatest Channel 9 interviews of all time and with a little over 1600 videos produced to date, that is saying something. I’ve been lucky to be near Bill during some key moments during his move from Microsoft Full Time to the foundation and chairman of Microsoft. Definitely some stories stories in there that I’ll tell my grandchildren about.
The first one is when Charles Torre and I went over to interview Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on the day we helped announce the upcoming change. We had no idea going over to interview these guys what they were about to announce. After that interview was filmed Steve Ballmer asked if we would like to sit in on the official press announce.
We accepted the invite
Charles and I sat behind Melinda to watch the Bill and Steve announce the upcoming change. You could feel the emotions in that meeting, I saw the friendship in Bill and Steve. I saw Melinda as a proud wife. It was great to see her smile as Bill talked about Ray Ozzie and the upcoming work with the foundation. I love being able to see folks "just as people" and I suppose that is why I enjoy the work on Channel 9 so much. I believe 9 has been great in finally showing the human beings behind our products.
The next big moment was last weeks documentary on BBC News, The Money Programme. The BBC filmed an interesting documentary about Microsoft’s history, our challenges ahead and Bill’s transition to the foundation. In that documentary there were a few small moments, that if you look closely you can see me walking down the hall with Bill and his staff. To the annoyance of my family, I paused the TV, put it in slow motion and replayed continously. He also makes a comment about the importance of Evangelism and while talking about Channel 9 says, "cool". We’ll take that endorsement. :->
Anyhow, fun times. Congratulations to Bill on an amazing career and for moving on to work that could have an even larger effect on the world.