Bill Gates talks bald facts with Stanford students

Bill Gates set aside technology Tuesday at Stanford University to talk to a packed Memorial Hall about his retirement plans, guitars and some bald facts about funding on disease research.

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Posted by Baby Boomer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:22 am

Right on Bill, too much money is spent on baldness.

If baldness was a thing that affected more women than men, only a fraction of the money now spent on it would be spent and much more on more worthwhile medical research. How about all these "cures" donating $1 of each sale to breast cancer research?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 22, 2008 at 4:21 am

I recall another time when Gates addressed an assembly at Stanford. He told the Homebrew Computer Club that, if we wanted him to continue developing software, we had to stop stealing it. That intellectual property argument is still alive today.

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Posted by boomer
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:19 am

"If baldness was a thing that affected more women than men, only a fraction of the money now spent on it would be spent"

Doubtful. Cosmetics? Breast cancer vs. prostate cancer spending?

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Posted by Baby Boomer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:32 am


Sorry, you are right. I meant the money spent on research into baldness which I think is what Bill was speaking of. I agree that women spend a horrendous amount on cosmetics. But, we do hear that cosmetics companies are getting better at not doing research on animals. I wonder if the same could be said by those doing research into baldness.

It also seems to me that although there are still a lot of men who are paying large amounts of money to prevent their hairloss, there is also the current trend of many balding men just to shave off all their hair to look better. Howie Mendell, among others, comes to mind.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

I'm sorry, but I find Bill Gates' comments about baldness to be ignorant and offensive. He's older than dirt and has a full head of hair, what the hell would he know about what it's like to go bald? This is a problem that seriously affects a person's self-esteem and self-image. Especially for women. A lot of women have become suicidal over losing their hair. Obviously deadly diseases are more important, but there's no reason to act like baldness isn't a problem that deserves attention. I don't have a ton of sympathy for older people who are losing their hair, to be honest, but when it happens to teenagers and people in their 20s (which it does more often than you think) it really REALLY sucks. So I think Bill Gates needs to STFU and think about what he's saying before he says it.

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