Episode 10: Bill Gates- biography
Bill Gates doesn't teach at any university - in fact he left without
ever completing his first degree. He doesn't join the lecture
circuit nor is he a prolific author. He has only ever written
two books and very few articles.
He got hooked on primitive computers at an early age, along
with his friend Paul Allen. Then he and Paul stumbled across
an advert for a small kit computer called the Altair 8800 and they
started to write a programme for it, dreaming about what it would
mean if everyone had their own affordable and easy-to-use
Bill left his degree programme at Harvard to try to live that dream
and between them, Bill Gates and Paul Allen created the world's
first microcomputer software company. They called it Microsoft.
It was 1975 and the world was about to change.
The US Government's anti trust action against Microsoft that
started in 1998 confronted Gates with something new for him
He has responded by giving up day-to-day control of his firm
and giving more of his attention to the gigantic charitable foundation
that he and his wife Melinda have set up. As he has said, when children
are dying and starving in parts of the world, easier internet access
seems almost beside the point.
'The Road Ahead', 1995
'Business @ the Speed of Thought', 1999
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