So today was Bill Gates' last official day at Microsoft. All of the employees here at Microsoft Canada - Meadowvale were invited down to the caf to watch the webcast of his last day and conversation with Steve Ballmer on a big screen :) It was really cool to see all of my co workers sitting there watching our founder talk about the early days of the company, his vision, and what he is going to do next. Here in Canada and around the world, Microsoft employees are really feeling the impact that Bill has made, especially today.
For me, it was very inspiring and motivating to watch the videos and webcast, and to think about the huge impact that Bill, Paul, Steve, and all of the original Microsoft employees had on the world, by moving forward with a specific vision that every desk would have a computer with Microsoft software running on it, and by not giving up, they constatntly surpassed their own expectations, and changed the world.
One thing that really stuck out for me, was when Bill was trying to explain when he knew that this was going to be huge. He was explaining that when they had 20 employees, he and Steve would discuss, 'oh maybe we need to grow to 40', when they had 50, they thought about going to 100, and when they had 200 employees, oh maybe we need to grow to 400... and so on. Well now there are more than 90 000 employees world wide, and I am here building the foundations of my career and making my living off of filling roles due to the constant growth and internal career growth for these employees.
I think that the company that Bill Gates founded, Microsoft, has fully taken on a life of its own. It is an engine running on the skill and passion of its employees. It will continue to move forward towards the goal of being number one in the market place, and will continue to do new and inspiring things.
I am also very inspired by Bill for continuing to be true to himself and following his heart into new philanthropic ventures. He is still going to be changing the world, just in a different way.
Here are some links to a few of the videos that we watched;