Bill Gates on the price of burgers; and other quotes of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week.

“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger. Dick’s has not raised their prices enough. But being ambitious is good. You just have to pick what you enjoy doing.” — Bill Gates speaking to students at the University of Washington, referring to the Seattle hamburger joint Dick’s Drive-In.

“Only a billionaire would say being a billionaire is overrated. I want to find out for myself please.” — GeekWire reader Stonetrails responding to Gates’ comments.

“Just poked around Google+ for a bit. Yawn. Only interesting thing I saw was @natbro making fun of @vicgundotra.” — Former Microsoft exec Charlie Kindel on Twitter referring to Seattle entrepreneur Nat Brown and Google Senior Vice President of Social Business Vic Gundotra.

“The future of @Cheezburger just launched.” — Cheezburger Chief Revenue officer Todd Sawicki on Twitter discussing the unveiling of Cheezburger Sites, new personal humor pages on the popular online comedy network.

“Hmmm, Apple gives us Siri and Nokia gives us stunts like having people dressed as Windows Phone tiles run through traffic.  Tell me why would I buy a Nokia phone?” — A GeekWire reader commenting on a planned advertising blitz to promote the Windows Phone to younger consumers.

Glenn Kelman (Randy Stewart photo)

“Amazon is a daily presence in my life because Jeff Bezos was willing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars.” Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman after raising $14.8 million, noting that he’d like the online real estate company to follow in Amazon’s risk-taking footsteps.

“The best thing microsoft could ever do is design a Macbook beating laptop. I would love to see it happen. I went to the Microsoft store the other day and was amazed by how much more fun it seemed than the Mac store. Until I looked at the actual computers. It was a mish-mash of mostly poorly designed and poorly differentiated crap.” –GeekWire reader Ryan Ray discussing how Microsoft needs to compete following a remarks by Walter Isaacson about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.