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Bill Gates: This Is How Steve Jobs Inspired Me

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Bill Gates talks about his final conversation with the late Steve Jobs, and the creative void the former Apple founder left behind.

The death of Steve Jobs has inspired Bill Gates to push on with his philanthropic work, reminding him that we only have a limited amount of time on the earth. He made this revelation during an interview with Bill Weir on Nightline where he talked about his last visit to Jobs' home in the weeks before the Apple founder's death.

"He and I always enjoyed talking," Gates revealed. "He would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things. We'd talk about the other companies that have come along. We talked about our families and how lucky we'd both been in terms of the women we married. It was great relaxed conversation."

The loss has certainly affected him -- just in his words he describes a void where Steve Job had once filled. While the two weren't always on the best of terms over the years, there was a dose of admiration from both sides, an admiration for what they've accomplished. They essentially changed the world with the likes of Windows and iPhone on two separate fronts.

"Steve had a very different set of skills than I did," he admitted. "He was every bit as intense, believed in revolutionary ways of using computers. But not in an engineer approach, [but rather] a design approach, and that had huge strengths, particularly the last episode where he ran Apple. He was able to do incredible work."

"It's very strange to have somebody who's so vibrant and made such a huge difference, a constant presence, to have him die," Gates said on Steve Jobs' passing. "It's a huge milestone, very sad not to have his talents helping out. Very sad for his kids who I've gotten to know a little bit. Great, great kids."

"It makes you feel like, wow, we're getting old," he added. "You look back and think about the great opportunities we had to have a big impact."

To see the interview, head here.

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    aftcomet , January 27, 2012 5:18 PM
    Steve Jobs donated a magnificent grand total of ZERO dollars to charity, the community, or anything of that regard. When he returned to Apple in 1997 he cancelled all philanthropic programs and to this day they remain so.

    Steve Jobs is an inspiration to all.

    Give me a break.
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    friskiest , January 27, 2012 4:18 PM
    Life's too short,. make it worth not only for your family but also to others,.. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been a strong supporter.
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    mobrocket , January 27, 2012 4:28 PM
    when i hear bill gates and steve jobs in a sentence

    i always think of that TNT movie Pirates of Silcon Valley....

    Jobs says "were better, u know" and Gates says " it doesnt matter"
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  • 29 Hide
    friskiest , January 27, 2012 4:18 PM
    Life's too short,. make it worth not only for your family but also to others,.. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been a strong supporter.
  • 24 Hide
    mobrocket , January 27, 2012 4:28 PM
    when i hear bill gates and steve jobs in a sentence

    i always think of that TNT movie Pirates of Silcon Valley....

    Jobs says "were better, u know" and Gates says " it doesnt matter"
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    NightLight , January 27, 2012 4:34 PM
    I'm sorry, but I see Jobs as the George Lucas of the computerworld, he got lucky.

    I cannot respect the kind of man that he was, and what his company stands for. (r.i.p.)
    I'm not denying that there are some good products from apple. (this is difficult for me to say)

    Bill Gates on the other hand has always given back, and has conducted business on a humane level.
    Ofcourse you have to be cut-throat in some occasions.
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 27, 2012 4:54 PM
    NightLightI'm sorry, but I see Jobs as the George Lucas of the computerworld, he got lucky.I cannot respect the kind of man that he was, and what his company stands for. (r.i.p.)I'm not denying that there are some good products from apple. (this is difficult for me to say)Bill Gates on the other hand has always given back, and has conducted business on a humane level.Ofcourse you have to be cut-throat in some occasions.


    I disagree.

    While I will admit that Bill Gates does do significantly more philanthropic work than Steve Jobs did, I don't believe Apple is really any different that Microsoft at the core. They are both tech companies that make tech products, granted Microsoft has a more software-oriented approach than Apple's all-in-one approach, but they really are no different. They both use hardware products from companies without any real employee labor rights (including Foxconn), they both defend their products as much as they can, and they both try to eliminate the competition.

    I just can't see why Steve Jobs and Apple is hated by tech users when every other CEO and tech company conducts business in a very similar way. The only difference is Apple somehow makes front page news. Microsoft sues retailers that carry the Android for some bogus reason and hardly anyone pays attention. Yet when Apple sues Samsung over the Galaxy it all of a sudden makes front page news. I. just. don't. get. it.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2012 5:08 PM
    amk-aka-phantomDon't forget to make it worth to yourself.


    Indeed. If you help yourself, you will be able to help all those around you. We must all look at the choices we make and how they affect not only us, but everyone who will be affected by them.
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    aftcomet , January 27, 2012 5:18 PM
    Steve Jobs donated a magnificent grand total of ZERO dollars to charity, the community, or anything of that regard. When he returned to Apple in 1997 he cancelled all philanthropic programs and to this day they remain so.

    Steve Jobs is an inspiration to all.

    Give me a break.
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    house70 , January 27, 2012 5:33 PM
    aftcometSteve Jobs donated a magnificent grand total of ZERO dollars to charity, the community, or anything of that regard. When he returned to Apple in 1997 he cancelled all philanthropic programs and to this day they remain so. Steve Jobs is an inspiration to all. Give me a break.

    That. Says. It. All.
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    dalethepcman , January 27, 2012 5:36 PM
    Ragnar-Kon... I just can't see why Steve Job and Apple is hated by tech users when every other CEO and tech company conducts business in a very similar way....


    Apple and child labor, over 90 incidents that were reported in 2010, 13 reported by apple in 2011, 6 still ongoing.

    At some point in time every company makes mistakes, and every major company has had a factory with child labor and inhuman conditions make their products. When you make as much profit as Apple does (13 billion last quarter), you should be able to do "The right thing" and hire from factories with better conditions, or -GASP- make an American factory.
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    synd , January 27, 2012 5:36 PM
    This explains perfectly Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs.
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 27, 2012 5:52 PM
    aftcometSteve Jobs donated a magnificent grand total of ZERO dollars to charity, the community, or anything of that regard. When he returned to Apple in 1997 he cancelled all philanthropic programs and to this day they remain so.

    Not supporting Steve jobs or Apple in any way, but when he came back to Apple in 1997, they were on the verge of going bankrupt. After Apple recovered, they joined the Project Red program and are now the single biggest financial supporter of that program.

    While I agree that he could have done more. Saying that he did nothing is incorrect.

    dalethepcmanApple and child labor, over 90 incidents that were reported in 2010, 13 reported by apple in 2011, 6 still ongoing.At some point in time every company makes mistakes, and every major company has had a factory with child labor and inhuman conditions make their products. When you make as much profit as Apple does (13 billion last quarter), you should be able to do "The right thing" and hire from factories with better conditions, or -GASP- make an American factory.


    United States companies that use Foxconn factories:
    - Amazon
    - Apple
    - Barnes & Noble
    - Cisco
    - Dell
    - EVGA
    - HP
    - Intel
    - IBM
    - Microsoft
    - Motorola
    - Netgear
    - Vizio

    EVERY one of those companies saw their income increase in 2011, all but four saw a increase greater than $3 Billion, and the vast majority of Americans use a product made by one of those companies. How come they aren't "doing the right thing."

    I mean I completely agree with you, something needs to be done about this. But some people seem to think that Apple is root of all evil while every other company gets a magical get-out-of-free ticket. I just doesn't make sense to me.
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    alidan , January 27, 2012 6:15 PM
    Ragnar-KonI disagree.While I will admit that Bill Gates does do significantly more philanthropic work than Steve Jobs did, I don't believe Apple is really any different that Microsoft at the core. They are both tech companies that make tech products, granted Microsoft has a more software-oriented approach than Apple's all-in-one approach, but they really are no different. They both use hardware products from companies without any real employee labor rights (including Foxconn), they both defend their products as much as they can, and they both try to eliminate the competition.I just can't see why Steve Jobs and Apple is hated by tech users when every other CEO and tech company conducts business in a very similar way. The only difference is Apple somehow makes front page news. Microsoft sues retailers that carry the Android for some bogus reason and hardly anyone pays attention. Yet when Apple sues Samsung over the Galaxy it all of a sudden makes front page news. I. just. don't. get. it.


    apple sues over rounded edges, microsoft sued over things they had pattents for, and back when they were filed, they were VERY relevant. however now they are common sense and should be open source.

    the difference is where they come down on the suits. apple sued because of ascetics, microsoft sued over function. both of them dick moves, but apple was worse.

    and apple is the only company suing over the most retarded reasons. most other trolls have at least one reasonably valid patent, but apple, no, they sue over touching your phone in the most obvious way to unlock it.

    i think jobs is less than George Lucas, george came up with the ideas, and made them the best way he could at the time, potatos, shoes and all. its after it was big that he screwed it all up by re touching everything. jobs is only good as a designer, he didn't make crap, just told his engineers what to do and guarded them like a hawk and has prison lock down like checks in the company. all he did was make it pretty, lucas at least made his product.
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    warezme , January 27, 2012 6:23 PM
    Ragnar-Kon After Apple recovered, they joined the Project Red program ..... But some people seem to think that Apple is root of all evil while every other company gets a magical get-out-of-free ticket. I just doesn't make sense to me.
    First of all I have never heard of Project Red and a google search lists something about hospital disposal something or other. Second Apple is HUGE with tons of money compared to most of those other companies if not all. Do you really believe that the little guys should be the ones to set the example while the big fish just go about their business of using people and making money? Is that not the problem with big government in the US where the little guy has to make the financial sacrifices but the big multi billionaires get all the incentives and the tax cuts. I think you along with these corporate big wigs need to get some perspective.
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    nuvon , January 27, 2012 6:31 PM
    I don't understand why people keep complaining how Steve Jobs and Bill Gates steal other people's idea. Ideas, if not put into practical use, are just plain imaginations! Steve and Bill are the people who turn ideas into reality; one day of their life time is worth 10 years of most of our life. So, to you bunch of losers and whiners, just keep your ideas/imaginations to yourself and take them to the grave with you!
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    clonazepam , January 27, 2012 6:53 PM
    warezmeFirst of all I have never heard of Project Red and a google search lists something about hospital disposal something or other.


    I think he meant Product Red.
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 27, 2012 7:11 PM
    ClonazepamI think he meant Product Red.

    Indeed I did, thank you. mousemonkey closed the topic so I could not edit my post. But for some reason we can still comment... strange.
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    millerm84 , January 27, 2012 7:31 PM
    So the 13 year old in me found it necessary to point out that during their last conversation Jobs
    Quote:
    would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things
    and then Jobs filled a void in Gates.

    Yes this is irreverent, juvenile, petty, and a complete mockery of what the article is actually about, but late on a Friday afternoon this will have me laughing all the way home. And yes I do hope people mock me this way after I die, at least then people would know I was relevant.
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