Jimmy ‘Jimbo’ Wales the founder of Wikipedia is god’s very own gift for humanity.
The man has humility written all over him and is insanely humble. Wales helps zillions everyday and it’s people like him that make this world a beautiful place.
Wikipedia has just about two dozen people looking after the administration of this revolutionary website. All the content is written by the people and Wikipedia administrators certify these content editors based on their credibility.
IT HAS A MERE 6 MILLION DOLLARS BUDGET A YEAR!
Had Wales created Wikipedia like an entrepreneurial venture, he would have been worth billions today. So, why did Wales formulate this altruistic venture? What was the need?
Did he not want to earn millions when he had a vision?
In his recent visit to India to raise funds for Wikipedia he revealed a touching story in Nandan Nilekani’s residence that deeply impacted him. His daughter was suffering from a disease that could’ve killed her. However, a certain doctor in San Diego knew a cure that worked on some children. After taking the bait, Kira was safe.
The whole incident made Wales wonder how many people’s daughters would’ve died without the knowledge of the doctor’s cure.
And that is how Wikipedia was born.
IT took great will and belief that such an altruistic proposition would work. Wikipedia, previously started as Nupedia, failed. With continuous perseverance and diligence Wales founded the single most informative knowledge database that helps zillions and maybe saves millions of lives.
Here’s a man who lives not for the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns but broader concerns of humanity. Let us learn from such living legends who are unspoken of and do not want fame. I salute you Mr. Jimmy Wales.
(Re edited the video me and my friend made during a college competition)
(The story narrated by Mr. Wales is present in the Forbes magazine dated June 19th written by Subroto Bagchi)