Bill Gates is an American entrepreneur, engineer, investor, and philanthropist. He and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft which is the # 1 software company in the world. In 2015 their revenue was $110.4 billion. Bill Gates is the second richest man on earth with a net worth of $100.6 billion. He was also the CEO of Microsoft until January 2000, currently, he is the Technology Advisor to CEO Satya Nadella. He spends a lot of his time on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this is why he has taken a less demanding position at Microsoft so that he can concentrate more on philanthropy.
Bill Gates was born in Seattle , Washington, on 28 October 1955.. William H. Gates Sr is his father and Mary Maxwell Gates is his mother. He has an older sister, Kristi Gates, and a daughter, Libby Gates. At age 13 he enrolled in a private preparatory school at Lakeside City. He took an interest in programming the General Electric system in BASIC while at that school and was excused from classes to pursue his interest in it.
He designed his first computer programme on the system General Electric Gates met. Paul Allen at the school and they worked together to find bugs in the PDP-10 system belonging to Computer Center Corporation. Gates, Paul and two other students wrote a payroll program for Information Sciences in exchange for computer time and royalties. After that it lead on to his school becoming fully aware of his programming skills, he created a program to schedule students in classes.
He and Paul began a venture called Traf-O-Data at the age of 17, to make traffic counters based on Intel 8008 processors. In 1973, Gates graduated from Lakeside School and was a National Merit Scholar; on the SAT, he scored 1590 out of 1600. In the autumn of 1973 he enrolled in Harvard University where he met Steve Ballmer. Gates had no Harvard study plan but spent a great deal of time using the computers. He joined Paul Allen on Honeywell in 1974.In 1975 he released the MITS Altair 8800 based on the Intel 8080 CPU.Bill and Paul saw this as a opportunity to start their own software company.
In 1975 Gates read an article in Popular Electronics' January which demonstrated the Altair 8800, Gates contacted MITS, the developers of the new microcomputer, to tell them that he and others were working on the platform's BASIC interpreter. Gates and Allen had no written code at all, they wanted to gauge MITS' attention. They met with the president of MITS and within a few weeks they had created an Altair simulator to demonstrate on a mini-computer and then the BASIC interpreter. The demonstration was a success that led to an MITS deal to distribute as Altair BASIC the interpreter.
To write a BASIC interpreter for the new IBM PC, IBM approached Microsoft, Gates directed them to Digital Research because they wanted an operating system, but the talks did not go well. So IBM representatives spoke around the talks with Gates and he proposed using SCP owned 86-DOS, an operating system close to PC-like hardware. Microsoft negotiated a contract with SCP to become the primary licencing agent, and later the full 86-DOS holders. Microsoft has given it to IBM as a PC DOS in exchange for a one-time fee of $50,000 after modifying the PC's operating system.
MS-DOS revenues have made Microsoft a major player in the industry. Despite the name of IBM on the operating system on the operating system, Microsoft was quickly identified by the press as very influential for the new computer. The computer has been named "Gates computer" by an industry expert On 25 June 1981, the corporation was restructured, Gates becoming the president and chairman of the board.
On 20 November 1985, Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows and concluded an agreement with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2. The first version of the new framework was developed successfully by IBM & Microsoft but their relationship deteriorated due to creative differences
After then, Microsoft has been growing. Windows 10, Microsoft Office Suites, Office 365, Xbox, Outlook, Hotmail, software and hardware devices have been expanding, the list goes on. Everything started with the first idea and then they built on that.
Microsoft has dominated the consumer industry since 1975, and Windows consumer is used in most businesses. We have always kept up with the speed of change and so we remain the world's # 1 tech firm.
Gates started his foundation The William H. Gates Foundation in 1994 by selling some of his shares in Microsoft, he was influenced by the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, and in 2000 he and his wife combined the three family foundations to create the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose fund is the richest in the world, with assets worth more than $34.6 billion. As of 2007 Bill and Melinda Gates were America's second most generous philanthropists, having given charity more than $34.6 Billion
Bill Gates loves to read books, he's an avid reader and has over 150 book recommendations on his personal blog gatesnotes. As a kid he loved reading and self-education is one of the characteristics of successful individuals.
Lessons to be learnt
Gates did not develop the first OS IBM used, he bought SCP's licensing rights, and then proceeded to expand on that to create the company Microsoft is today.
You don't need to build something different, you can take a product and make it better so it's excellent.
Bill Gates loves technology, do something you're passionate about. So figure out your passion and start a company around that.
Believe in Yourself.
I hope his storey will inspire you to reach for the stars, nothing is impossible. Don't look at Bill Gates as if he's superhuman, he's just a smart guy who has worked incredibly hard to get where he is. With the right mindset, team, tools, resourcefulness, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, he is an example of what one can achieve. May you have the confidence to begin your journey and continue until you reach where you want to be.