How Bill Gates became a phenomenal success
Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft and is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. He is often cited as one of the wealthiest people in the world, thanks to his passion for innovation and intelligent business strategy.
While he stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in 2014 to focus on charity work, his legacy remains one of the best entrepreneurial success stories to date. In terms of influence, Bill Gates is only rivalled by his historic competitor Steve Jobs (create of Apple) and more modern examples like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg.
Gates excellent in subjects like math and science as a child, and this makes sense for his career with computers. Early on, he wrote a basic tic-tac-toe program that allowed humans to play against a computer.
Bill Gates is often cited as a reason many entrepreneurs skip college, but he actually dropped out to pursue Microsoft with his partner Paul Allen. The name was a blend of microcomputer and software, and originally had a hyphen (Micro-Soft).
The success of Microsoft is no doubt due to Gate’s shrewd business tactics. When IBM asked for the source code for his software, he refused and told them that they should pay his company a licensing free. This enables Gates to sell his software to other computer manufacturers. By 1983, around 80% of computers in the world were using Microsoft operating systems.
While Microsoft and Apple’s rivalry is legendary, they actually worked together in the early days. It was only when Gates realized that the Macintosh user interface would be more appealing to the buying public that he announced ‘Windows’, the operating system everyone knows today.
There is no doubt that Bill Gates is an inspiring success story for many budding entrepreneurs.