Bill Gates: A man who left no stone unturned in the world of computer software
Bill Gates: both an entrepreneur and businessman and the co-founder of the world’s largest software business – Microsoft, is known to us as the richest man in the world.
Born on 28th October 1955, in Seattle, Washington, he was brought up in an upper-middle-class family. Out of the three siblings, he was the one to show competitive excellence and was exquisite at monopoly. He was much inspired by his mother, who served on several corporate boards and would often take her son while volunteering in schools and other organizations.
While doing his schooling at the Lakeside School, a Seattle computer company offered to provide computers for students where Gates derived too much working on them. After graduating in 1973, he sat for a college SAT where he scored 1590 out of 1600. This excellence enrolled him at the Howard University to pursue a career in Law but he dropped out in 1975 to pursue his life for Microsoft with his business partner Paul Allen, who was his senior at the Lakeside School.
In 1970, Gates and Allen developed “Traf-o-Data”, a computer program for traffic monitoring in Seattle. Later, after college, Gates and Allen contacted the company Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) and professed to them that they were working on a BASIC software program that could run the Altair computer. MITS asked them for a demonstration that worked perfectly. Soon Allen was hired at MITS and Gates finally left Howard to get into a joint-venture. Together they founded Microsoft.
In 1975, the duo formed Mico-Soft, a mix of “microcomputer” and “software” whose first product was BASIC software that ran on the Altair computer.
Microsoft in-built the ability to write software programs in various formats for different computer companies. At the onset of 1979, he moved the operation of MITS to Bellevue, Washington. By 1979, Microsoft earned $2.5 million and Gates placed himself as the company head at just 23! He led the company as a spokesperson and kept in a note every line of code the company shipped, sometimes re-writing them himself when required.
On November 1980, IBM was searching for a software that could operate their upcoming PC. It was then they approached Microsoft when Gates introduced himself through his mother Merry meeting the CEO of IBM. After having convinced IBM, Gates bought an operating system that could run on computers similar to IBM’s PC. Then a deal was made with the developer about making Microsoft the exclusive licensing agent and later full owner of the software. He adapted to the newly purchase software for IBM PC, delivering it at an expense of $50,000. Gates refused IBM to buy their source code that allowed Microsoft to license the software called MS-DOS to any other PC developer. Microsoft also released a software called Softcard that allowed Microsoft BASIC to function on Apple2 machines. In mid-1981, after incorporating Microsoft, Gates was appointed as the President and Chairman of the board, while Allen as the Vice-President. By 1983, Microsoft went global with entire Great Britain and Japan. Today, Microsoft stands tall with a net worth of $1000 billion.