Big bets by Bill
In 1975 a company was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like all company founders, the architects of the organisation were making a bet on something they believed in. And like all constructors of value creation, they were staking the opportunity cost of their own lives as the stake.
- The bet? That software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played.
- The company? Microsoft
- The result? Need you ask!
In 2000 the Microsoft founder and his wife created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As we might expect, they’re not afraid of working on another big bet: “That lives of people on poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years that at any time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s.”
In Bill Gates’ annual letter for 2015 he lists four areas where he sees the foundation’s bet coming into focus.
To find out more about what Gates donates and how he’s working to open the floodgates to a better future, read his annual letter.
Looking at the list, the topic of health is one that Coracle are involved in as we are currently working with partners in the healthcare sector on some radical new education activities to support healthcare professionals and patients. Watch this space for a new case study soon.
Our work in health is a good example of how we view our position at Coracle: one of incredible privilege.
We spend our time working on software that improves education and training opportunities to a large number of people; we spend our time working on content that transforms people’s lives and we spend our time working with customers who recognise the power of interactive, online education tools for a wide array of uses.
So, do we agree with the Bill Gates bet? Absolutely we do!