Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board

first_imgBill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft has decided to step down from both the Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway boards.The announcement was made Friday on his Linkedin account.Gates who co-founded the Microsoft brand in 1975 with Paul Allen, says that he believes the company is in capable hands and that stepping down will allow him to focus on his philanthropic work:“I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change,” Gates said. “The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step.”While Gates says he will be stepping down from the board, he will not be stepping away from the company and will still have a say in it’s direction and vision:“With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates said. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”Gates was CEO of the company up until 2000 when he transferred to company over to Steve Ballmer. In 2014, Microsoft’s current CEO Satya Nadella took over with Gates serving as director of the board. He then decided to dedicate more of his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.“Bill founded our company with a belief in the democratizing force of software and a passion to solve society’s most pressing challenges and Microsoft and the world are better for it, Nadella said.” ” The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision. And Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward. I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”Microsoft is considered one of the most successful companies in the world with a market cap of $1.21 trillion. Gates continues to be one of it’s top shareholders owning 1.36%last_img read more

Second string getting chance to shine

first_imgDay two of the Lane Kiffin era was nearly identical to day one — lots of second teamers, lots of intensity and a heavy emphasis on discipline.The Trojans still have more than a dozen players out of action, giving many of the second teamers an opportunity to get their reps in.“It was a really good opportunity for those guys that need double reps to get better,” said coach Lane Kiffin.Those second teamers filled in at a variety of positions, including center when junior Kris O’ Dowd went down with a knee injury. Details on the injury were sparse, but O’Dowd was held out of practice the rest of the day.  He was expected to see a doctor soon after practice.“We obviously don’t want to push him through, it being spring practice,” Kiffin said.That same sentiment was extended to junior tight end Blake Ayles, who was held out of Tuesday’s practice.Ayles participated in limited drills, but most of the tight end reps went to senior David Ausberry and fourth-year junior Jordan Cameron.  Kiffin described the two as “the number one and two tight ends right now.”Ausberry, a wide receiver for the last three seasons, was moved to tight end because the injury to Ayles and redshirt junior Rhett Ellison catching mononucleosis.  The move is permanent for now, according to Kiffin, because “we just don’t have the numbers.”Besides moving players to new positions, the team added 14 new walk-ons yesterday, and may be hosting an additional tryout in the future.—The intensity present on day one remained, in part thanks to a new special teams drill.“It’s a kickoff-kickoff coverage drill,” special teams coach John Baxter said.The first-year coach is looking to inject some intensity into special teams drills that usually lack it.  The team was divided into four tribes, like in the TV show Survivor. The teams compete against each other and against themselves for points.“The person with the least amount of points, the team as a whole has to vote them off,” said senior running back Allen Bradford, the captain of team Atlas.As the captain, Bradford is responsible for maintaining the team flag, an elaborate drawing of Atlas holding up a football-shaped Earth.  The competition encouraged by the game is designed to bring the team and the staff together, said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.“Once we get to the fall, there’s only one flag that matters, and that’s the one with the ’SC on it,” Baxter said.  The intensity built in the special teams drill was present throughout the defensively dominated practice.—Practice ended with the traditional 11 on 11 scrimmage, highlighted by redshirt junior defensive tackle Da’John Harris tipping a Matt Barkley pass and subsequently intercepting it.“I’ve been dreaming about that play since I got here,” Harris said.  “It was too perfect.”last_img read more