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Raising Bill Gates

While the article lacks in certain places, this brief look at Bill Gates Sr. and his relationship with his son is an interesting read with a few amusing anecdotes about the mostly elusive Gates family.

[Bill Gates Sr.] and Mary brought their son to a therapist. “I’m at war with my parents over who is in control,” Bill Gates recalls telling the counselor. Reporting back, the counselor told his parents that their son would ultimately win the battle for independence, and their best course of action was to ease up on him. […]

They enrolled their son in a school that they thought would give him more freedom. That was the private Lakeside School, now known as the place where Bill Gates discovered computers.

Mr. Gates says he began to realize, “Hey, I don’t have to prove my position relative to my parents. I just have to figure out what I’m doing relative to the world.”

Creative Capitalism

Creative capitalism‘ is a term popularised by Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2008. Here Gates delivered a speech saying that many of the world’s problems are “too big for philanthropy” and that the free-market capitalist system itself would have to solve them.

Creative Capitalism: A Conversation has a transcript of Gates’ speech but it also has much, much more: it is also “a collection of essays and commentary on capitalism, philanthropy and global development” by many of the most popular economics writers around (although the site is now archived as the book has been released).

Michael Kinsley, columnist at Time and author of the book based on the site, discusses the project in a Microsoft Research program that, unfortunately, looks interesting but I can’t watch due to browser restrictions on my current computer.