Lots of folks don’t see either Bill Gates or Warren Buffet as innovators. Buffet often says he doesn’t “get” technology and doesn’t invest in it. Much of his company’s money is in insurance. And you know the rap on Microsoft so there is little to add to that.
But the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does have a deserved reputation for innovation. By applying tough performance metrics in a non-profit space—drugs and vaccines for fighting and preventing malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS—this, the biggest charity in the world, is making significant progress. By making strategic investments with key partners, it acts more like a Silicon Valley VC firm than a traditional charity or foundation. It’s a novel non-profit model, perhaps not for everyone. The Ford and Rockefeller Foundations have made huge inroads in battling disease and hunger over the decades. But for people looking for new models of organizational innovation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a place to examine.
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