Early reports are very favorable for Bill Gate’s keynote speech. I’ve read things like “mesmerizing” and “awesome”. I know the feeling – I have heard Bill Gates speak in person 4 times, but not in a number of years. I’ve actually met him twice (both at education related conferences) and I can attest to the fact that he is a very commanding speaker.
I don’t know if it’s the fact you know he is worth billions of dollars, or the fact he built one of the most change-enabling companies in the work – you just listen to him in some kind of awe. It’s not like sitting with your favorite rock star – but it’s similar.
Anyway, I just talked to one of my favorite Google employees who was at the key-note address Bill Gates did today, and he was “blown away”. I know the feeling, and I’m glad at least some people at Google know that they have some big shoes to fill if they want to become the new Microsoft – first they’ll have to find the “new Bill Gates”. Good luck with that. Good luck finding a person that can not only build a huge and sustainable business, change the way people do business, build a third party market worth trillions, AND be the greatest single benefactor the human race has ever known. Daunting task, that!
See the keynote, and other Microsft videos at the Microsoft CES site.