Mr. William Gates is a Co-Founder of Microsoft and also serves as its Board Member & Technology Advisor. He served as CEO at Microsoft. He continues to serve on Microsoft's Board of Directors as an Advisor on key development projects. In 1973, he entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer. While at Harvard, he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair. Under his leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its industry-leading investment in research and development each year. In 1999, he wrote "Business @ the Speed of Thought," a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. "Business @ the Speed of Thought" has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the "New York Times," "USA Today," "The Wall Street Journal" and on Amazon.com. He previous book, "The Road Ahead," published in 1995, was at the top of the "New York Times" bestseller list for seven weeks. Cascade Investment is owned and controlled by Bill Gates. He also serves as an Founder at Gates Ventures. He is also the Co-Chairman, Co-Founder & Trustee at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates is a Co-Founder at The Breakthrough Energy Coalition.