Space billionaire follows his passion: whiteboards

Charles Simonyi
Microsoft’s Charles Simonyi takes a deep dive into software naming conventions during a Hacker News Seattle Meetup. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

Billionaire software executive Charles Simonyi spent tens of millions of dollars on trips to the International Space Station, but something completely different gets him up in the morning nowadays: going to work at Microsoft to create a better digital whiteboard.

The 71-year-old Microsoft veteran confessed his love of whiteboards on Feb. 26 during a Hacker News Seattle Meetup.

“Is it the most important thing in the world? Probably not,” he told the standing-room crowd. “Is it important that we all do the most important thing in the world? I don’t know.”

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By Alan Boyle

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