The Economist on Bill Gates

The Economist’s editorial on Bill Gates, The meaning of Bill Gates, is one of those thoughtful big-picture pieces that keep me hooked to the publication. You might agree or not with what they write, but they sure provide some perspective and good food for thought.

Some snippets to whet your appetite:

Mr Gates has revelled in the day-to-day details of running his firm. To let it all go is to acknowledge that his best work at Microsoft is behind him. It is to accept that the innovator’s curse is to be transitory.
But Mr Gates’s invention was as a businessman. His genius was to understand what he needed and work out how to obtain it, however long it took. In an industry in which visionaries are often sniffy about anyone else’s ideas, the readiness to go elsewhere proved a devastating advantage.
Mr Gates had the good fortune to be perfectly suited for his time—but he is less well-equipped for the collaborative and fragmented era of internet computing. This does not diminish his achievement. Nor, as some would have it, does his philanthropy necessarily magnify it.

You can read the full article online.