TEDtalks are a phenomenal resource for unusual insights into a diverse range of subject matters. It is likely that Bill Gates, as former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, member of the board of Berkshire Hathaway and leading philanthropist is aware of many of the important trends and elements of change that are likely to influence the world in the decades to come. When asked to choose his favourite TEDtalk, he cited thirteen instead of one and claimed that there were too many important talks to whittle it down to a single one. It is no surprise to see that a Melinda Gates talk made it onto his shortlist, but my personal favourites are the first and third talks on the list; those given by Hans Rosling and David Christian on global development statistics and a brief history of the universe respectively. Rosling's talk is particularly interesting, and certainly food-for-thought for investors hungry for insights. The main message of his talk is that the usual type-cast of OECD / non OECD countries for economic categorization is not nearly sufficient for describing development differences throughout the world. We hope you enjoy perusing through the list, and enjoy watching a few talks in full.