What question would you ask Bill Gates?


Robert Scoble responds to those that think no tough questions were asked at the blogger gathering with Bill Gates the other day.

I think Robert’s right. Bill Gates is so experienced with answering questions, that he’ll know how to turn even a difficult question into something that makes a point he wants to get across.

I do think though, that gatherings like this are not just venues for debating–though some might enjoy that–but rather “nods” to the conversation that’s going on online.

For a long time I’ve wondered if Bill Gates would jump into blogging. He seems to understand its leverage quite well. But I also can appreciate how each and every word he writes could be twisted and turned so maybe it’s not best to say what’s on his mind.

I have wondered, though, if he couldn’t borrow a trick from Robert Scoble, though, and start a link blog. No commentary. Just links to stories, blog posts or whatever that he finds interesting for whatever reason. I imagine he’s too busy to read a wide variety of posts, so he wouldn’t have to link all that often. But I think quite a few bloggers would get a kick out of knowing that Bill Gates read their post. It’s like giving the “nod” to the conversation, but a lot less expensive fashion than flying folks up to Redmond.

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15 years ago

Molly Holzschlag has a good transcript of her questions about web standards with Bill Gates here:


Actually, it sounds like she was pressing fairly hard.

Bill Gates owns up to the fact though that IE was left to languish for too long.

whitney johnson
15 years ago

Just wondering, why doesn’t Microsoft sponsor a Nascar??I am actually a very interested microsoft student that was just wondering why it hasn’t been done yet!?? Thanks for all the education and advancements in life,
Whitney J. Johnson