Some observations on the event by Will Price:
Two of Gates’ comments struck me: 1) he compared MSFT’s focus on low price high volume software (compared to the prevalent IBM model in 1980) to GOOG’s focus on low price high volume advertising (compared to traditional Madison Avenue models). Both models commoditized huge industries and enabled new participants and beneficiaries to share in the now larger pie. 2) the greatest strategy sins are ones of omission, missing a market or opportunity. He believes in identifying and entering markets as early as possible as the opportunity to repeatedly play the game (v 1.0, 2.0, etc) allows for iterative innovation not possible if you are not previously commited to the market. Also, markets that take off follow s-curve growth rates and it is often impossible to catch up with the pioneers in front of you. resources, and not capital, are they key constraints to providing energy to the 1/3 of the planet’s population without ready access to energy. With energy consumption correlated with GDP growth, developing economies will drive huge increases in demand for carbon based energy sources.