Bill Gates wrote a very touching note on the 25th anniversary of his friendship with Warren Buffett. As he points out, he had no idea they would become such friends given their different backgrounds. The lesson here, if there is any, is to be truly humble – intellectually and personally.
In this inspiring TEDxChange video, Melinda Gates looks at what makes Coca-Cola so ubiquitous and what lessons non-profits can learn from it. We saw many things in common with the PIPA 2010 project.
Warren Buffett’s article at Fortune, but most importantly his, Bill & Melinda Gates’ challenge to billionaires to give away 50% of their wealth have people all over the world discussing philanthropy. We already liked his approach to giving – since he didn’t know how to do it, he trusted his buddy Bill Gates’s foundation with the money – but now it’s WOW all over again.
Sometimes we’ll publish “older” stuff as part of what we like to call “weekend catch-up reading”. This time it’s a Fortune Magazine interview with Joel I. Klen, New York City’s school chancellor and former CEO of Bertelsmann’s USA operations. He’s best know as the Dept. of Justice’s anti-trust czar that sued Microsoft, so it’s telling […]
They took questions from Columbia grad students and the event was broadcast live by CNBC. It has an eerie feel to it – with the whole “must keep spirits high” approach. That said, both men think in the long term (15+ years) and it’s always interesting to be reminded of some basic concepts.
This BBC special on Buffett has good and bad moments, but the Don Graham interview is a must-see. This is a man who has been around Buffett for decades. His description of how (and why) Berkshire is so different from the “average American business” is one of the best compliments Mr. Buffett could get. Not a bad goal at all for any business owner or manager.