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IndustryInformation technology
Business services
FounderBill Gates
Kirkland, Washington
Key people
Larry Cohen, managing partner
Footnotes / references
Formerly Carillon Holdings[1]

bgC3 LLC[2] is an American research company established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates[3] in 2008.


The name is an acronym for Bill Gates Catalyst 3, with the appended number pointing to a third endeavor beyond Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[4]

According to the company's federal trademark registration, it is a think-tank, covering:

  • Scientific and technological services.
  • Industrial analysis and research.
  • Design and development of computer hardware and software to combat poverty.

The company has been described[by whom?] as a cross between a think tank, incubator and venture capital firm. bgC3 is managed by Larry Cohen, a former Microsoft executive, who serves as its managing partner.


  1. ^ "Bill Gates' mysterious new company". Archived from the original on 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  2. ^ Marshall Kirpatric (October 22, 2008). "Bill Gates Has Started a New Company, bgC3". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Mary Jo Foley (October 22, 2008). "Bill Gates founds a new tech company". Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  4. ^ "bgC3 oder Bill Gates und sein rätselhaftes neues Unternehmen" (in German). 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2012-08-26.