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Michael Dell: If We Don’t Solve Future Problems, ‘We’ll Be Gone’

‘A business like ours really exists to solve those future problems. If we’re successful in doing that, we’ll be around for the next 37 years and beyond. If we don’t do that, we’ll be gone,’ says Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell.

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Technology Will Play ‘A Big Role’ In Addressing Societal Problems

There has been a lot of progress in the last several decades, and I fundamentally believe technology has been a big fulcrum to [addressing the world’s biggest problems]. Then if you look forward, you say, ‘What are the huge challenges and opportunities, and problems that are facing humans today?’ Technology plays an enormous role here.

So think about de-carbonization. Think about the circular economy. Think about inclusion and diversity. Today, we have over 7.5 billion people in the world—not all of them, either in this country or around the world—are [participating] in this future. That’s an enormous opportunity. Technology will play a big role.

For us, it’s always been how we thought about things. A decade ago, we had our 2020 goals and we’ve been working on these areas for quite some time, and we’ll continue to work on this. Now we have our 2030 goals that are even more ambitious. I think technology is going to play a big role and I’m inspired by the efforts that our teams are putting forward, and also the collective community of customers and partners.

One of the real things that I’ve seen is in the last several years is all these topics have taken on much greater importance to many of us around the world. That’s a great thing, right? More people care about these things and therefore they’re getting attention, energy and investment in dollars to go actually move the needle in a big way.


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