and 20 years since Melinda and I were married.
We are both more optimistic now than ever.
But on our journey, our optimism evolved.
We would like to tell you what we learned
and talk to you today about how your optimism and ours
can do more for more people.
When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft,
we wanted to bring the power of the computers and software to the people,
and that was the kind of rhetoric we used.
One of the pioneering books in the field had a raised fist on the cover,
and it was called "Computer Lib."
At that time, only big businesses could buy computers.
We wanted to offer the same power to regular people
and democratize computing.
By the 1990s,
we saw how profoundly personal computers could empower people,
but that success created a new dilemma.
If rich kids got computers and poor kids didn't,
then technology would make inequality worse.