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Bill Gates

Famous Entreprenuer Project for Entreprenuership I class.

Jared Benrube

on 7 February 2013

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Transcript of Bill Gates

Early Life of Bill Gates Bill Gates Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington in a upper middle-class family. Around the age of 11 or 12 his parents were concerned about his behavior, afraid that he might become a loner, and enrolled him into the Lakeside School when he turned 13. While at the school he became entranced what computers can do and later met fellow computer enthusiast Paul Allen and they quickly became friends. In 1970, at the age of 15, Bill and Paul went into business and developed "Traf-o-Data" which was a program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle and earned them $20,000 for their effort. Early Career before Microsoft Gates graduated from Lakeside in 1973. He scored at 1590 out of 1600 on his SAT test which is a feat he boasted for several years when he met new people. He enrolled into Harvard University originally thinking in a career in law. He remained in contact with Paul Allen and they later contacted a small company called MITS in Albuquerque, New Mexico proclaiming they were working on a BASIC software program that would run on the Altair computer. In reality they didn't and they spent two months at Harvard's computer lab to work on it. The program worked perfectly and Gates later left Harvard and formed a partnership with Allen called Micro-soft in 1975. They dropped the hyphen less than a year later. Management Style Bill Gates was very aggressive and competitive in broadening the company's range of products. Whenever Microsoft had achieved a dominant position he would vigorously defend it. Bill Gates was known to be distant from others and it was difficult to get in contact with him. As an executive he would meet regularly with senior managers and program managers and during the meetings he was described to be verbally combative and telling off the managers for putting the company's long-term interests at risk. During presentations he would often interrupt with comments such as, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!" and "Why don't you just give up your options and join the Peace Corps?" The target would have to defend there proposal in detail until Gates was fully convinced. The co-founder of the world's largest software company, Microsoft.
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