Friday, June 16, 2006

Gates in transition

Bill Gates' announcement that he will be transitioning away from day-to-day leadership of Microsoft and doing more work with the Gates Foundation is bound to strike a chord in geeks of my generation.

I think it's one of the most impressive decisions I've seen him make. And I suspect he'll get more satisfaction out of foundation leadership than he ever did trying to leverage DOS, Windows and Office into some "next big thing."

His mom, Mary Gates, a much-admired Seattle-area philanthropist who died a few years ago, would certainly have been proud of this direction.

And, it's a challenge to the rest of us. What's your life after tech?

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