Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, shares his optimism for emerging innovation in the midst of economic turmoil, and the story of his own entrepreneurial path.
He also speaks of his company's continued investment in Internet-ready hardware and software that seeks progress in healthcare, education, and science.
Ballmer begins his presentation...
"Today, I gave some speech about five years ago in here and I got a question from a student who suggested that we go borrow a bunch of money. When we had a bunch of money, I had to really think hard about that for like three years. But the first time I was in here was sort of a major moment. I was in Stanford and the play Pippin my favorite play was performed on this stage. And I remember thinking just how awesome this place was and it's sort of fun for me to have a chance to speak here although it's not all what I expected. I'm here in the Bay Area for one reason and one reason only. I was meeting with a few interns Nikil was one of them last summer. He's in the class and he says to me "Come on man, will you come speak to our class." And I said "All right, sure I'll come and speak to the class." And I said, "what's it all about?" He said, "It will be like 50 people something like that and we'll all just kind of chit chat." Then I pick up the paper on the way down here that sort of reminds me what we're doing. What's with this thousand person thing? I thought it was kind of 50 people in an entrepreneurship class but it is nonetheless a delight to be here."