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Bill Gates Talks Microsoft Corporation's New Boss, Bitcoin, Apple Pay, Ebola And More

Bill Gates Talks Microsoft Corporation's New Boss, Bitcoin, Apple Pay, Ebola And More

Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), spoke with Bloomberg Television's Erik Schatzker at the Sibos conference in Boston. The billionaire philanthropist, who leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discussed various hot topics.

The video in its entirety can be seen here.

Below are some notable quotes from the interview:

Gates On Satya Nadella

“I'm very happy with what he's doing. I see a new sense of energy. There's a lot of opportunity there, some things the company isn't the leader on, and he sees that he needs to change that.”

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On Bitcoin

"Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don't have to be physically in the same place. And of course for large transactions currency can get pretty inconvenient."

"The customers we're talking about aren't trying to be anonymous. They're willing to be known. So bitcoin technology is key, and you could add to it or you could build a similar technology where there's enough attribution that people feel comfortable this has nothing to do with terrorism or any type of money laundering."

On Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) Apple Pay:

"Apple Pay's a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive."

"So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that's fantastic. The fact I don't need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction and you're going to be quite sure about who it is on the other end, that is a real contribution. And all the platforms, whether it's Apple's or Google's or Microsoft, you'll see this payment capability get built in.”

On The Ebola Outbreak:

"Now the richer a country is, if you have a good primary healthcare system, you should be able to handle that. So the fact that this Dallas patient was identified, the contacts are being traced, I feel confident the CDC is very much on top of that. I wish every country had a health system like that.”


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