CNN’s Veronica De La Cruz blogs about attending CES, including an interview with Bill Gates…
My mind wanders to my massage chair for a moment, but then I quickly shift focus to the present: my upcoming interview with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. I have just one hour until the interview and my mind races. What questions will I ask? What will he be like? Is he a nice guy? Is he a tyrant? Will he be a good interview or will he stare at me like I have two heads and I’m speaking in tongues? Watching the clock tick I realize I’m out of time and my crew is waiting for me downstairs.
Arriving at the Microsoft tent I’m pleasantly surprised. The place is crawling with Microsoft product and I find the people are nice and friendly. A publicist for Mr. Gates approaches me. His name is Chris and he wants to brief me on the parameters of the interview. I get ten minutes with Mr. Gates. I’m to keep my questions on topic. Any “off-topic” questions should be saved for last. I am sure they do this so I will run out of time during the interview before I ever get to the “off-topic” questions and therefore, Mr. Gates will never be subjected to them.
Walking up the stairs, Mr. Gates is sitting with a bunch of people. He stands, I shake his hand and give him a big smile. He returns his signature half-smile he’s famous for. So far, so good. Seems like a really nice guy.
I sit down and the whole thing goes by like a flash, in fact, looking back I can’t even tell you what I asked.