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Born October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, Bill Gates learned quickly that he was part of an affluent and competitive family. His mother served on the board of directors at First Interstate BancSystem as well as the United Way; his father was a well-known lawyer. At the age of 13, he was enrolled in an exclusive preparatory school, where he discovered his love of programming. He programmed his first program in BASIC; it was a program that allowed people to play tic-tac-toe against the computer. Gates went on to study at Harvard, but dropped out to pursue his interest in forming a company. In 1976, Bill and his college friend and business partner Paul Allen demonstrated one of their BASIC programs at MITS's offices in Albuquerque. They were offered a deal and named the partnership "Micro-Soft." Over the next year, the name was trademarked and registered. They continued to work together, gaining the interest of other companies. In 1985, Microsoft launched Microsoft Windows; later that year, the company partnered with IBM to develop another operating system. From there, Microsoft picked up speed and soon became one of the top software companies in the world. Gates was head of the company and had a strong vision for the way he wanted the company to be. He is known as a philanthropist, avid reader, and an author – he has written two books: "Business @ the Speed of Thought" and "The Road Ahead." Today, he is one of the world's Richest People.

Life is not fair; get used to it.
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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
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At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top -
I'm afraid that's not quite right.
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Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
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Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.
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You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be
programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines will show us the way.
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Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
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We will never make a 32-bit operating system.
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I studied every thing but never topped.... But today the toppers of the best universities are
my employees.
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As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
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Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is
a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a
silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
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It's not your fault if you were born poor; it is your fault if you stay poor.
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If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.
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In this business, by the time you realise you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself.
Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone.
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Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do
in ten years.
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It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it's sure
going well for me, I must admit.
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I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will
be moved to act.
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Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.
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Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.
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Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would
want to help out, we'd want to get involved.
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I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in
Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.
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It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
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Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there
is no shortage of things to do.
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If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will
develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have
expected.
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Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I
could be doing on a sunday morning.
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Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
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We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
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You've got to be willing to read other people's code, and then write your own, then have
other people review your code. You've got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where
you get the world-class people to tell you what you're doing wrong.
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Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go
to jobs.
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640K ought to be enough for anybody.
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I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the
fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
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Windows 2000 already contains features such as the human discipline component, where the
PC can send an electric shock through the keyboard if the human does something that does
not please Windows.
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People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they?
People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines. There will always be ignorance, and
ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.
Bill Gates