Bill Gates on Startups, Investing and Solving The World’s Hardest Problems
There are few opportunities more rewarding as an early-stage venture firm than allowing your portfolio founders to meet one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time, Bill Gates. Bill is a known innovator and entrepreneurial icon for his world-changing work at both Microsoft and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are tremendously honored to have him among our small group of luminary LPs whose financial capital and engagement power the next generation of Village Global founders and teams.
Not only has Bill made computing accessible to the wider world, with over 1 billion active Windows-powered devices online today, he has also donated billions of dollars to advance healthcare, expand educational opportunities and reduce extreme poverty. Alongside Warren Buffett, Bill co-founded “The Giving Pledge” where he and 185+ other billionaires vowed to devote more than half their wealth to charity. Needless to say, his societal impact is profound.
Understanding the earnest importance of allowing our founders to spend time with one of the most inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators of all-time, we asked Bill to join us in San Francisco for a fireside chat on the future of technology, early-stage investing, and the nature of innovation and impact last November. Bill agreed, going above and beyond, offering to spend dedicated time after his exclusive dialogue facilitating a series of intimate 1:1 office hour conversations with a select number of Village Global portfolio CEOs. Bill’s passion for the next generation of world-changing entrepreneurs inspires our network of founders to succeed.
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