Posts Tagged ‘BillGates’
The 10 Richest People in Tech – Bill Gates is NOT #1. Frankly, I hope Carlos Slim’s (he’s #1) stock takes a dive this year – I want Bill in that #1 spot.
Last week I got an email from someone at Microsoft asking if my dad was the president of Nigeria. I almost deleted the email without responding until I looked at the person’s email signature and it said "Executive Assistant to Bill Gates". So I responded and it turned out that Bill Gates was going to be in Nigeria over the weekend to meet with my dad and he wanted to chat before his trip.
I enjoyed reading this blog post by Dare Obasanjo (1st son of Nigerian president and Microsoft employee) that describes his recent meeting with Bill Gates. Why? It shows a different side of BillG – the guy that thinks about diseases, not software. Well written and an interesting perspective.
I commend the Microsoft leadership for allowing their employees to publicly criticize their business practices. Philip Su, a Microsoft developer on the tablet team, does an excellent job in this wildly popular post. The World As Best As I Remember It : Broken Windows Theory. On the other hand, it sounds like the leadership in Redmond doesn’t have control over much these days. I think Bill’s plan is to leave on a high note – you know, like Seinfeld.
Joel on Software reflects on his time with BillG – good read. I hope Bill gets to read this – it should make him feel pretty good.
I read a book last year titled The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman and I put it down laughing at the antics of millionaires, like Steve Jobs; and billionaires like Lary Ellison of Oracle and Bill Gates of Microsoft.
The book talks a lot about the childish antics of Bill and Steve. One part that I probably will never forget, describes a crank call Bill placed to Steve one evening. Bill was pretending to be Philippe Kahn, a Frenchman and a big player in the days after the big bang in Silicon Valley.
“Zeez eeez Feee-LEEEP Kahn! He apparently exclaimed, “Zeee Macintosh sucks!” hanging up and laughing hysterically. Bill was trying to impress a girl.
Bill was jealous of Steve’s celebrity and “visionary” label and Steve was jealous of Bill’s unparalleled success and wealth. They were then and they are now.
I started to wonder today if Bill and Steve are back at it, one trying to pull the spotlight away from the other. Steve launched Apple’s (his) new operating system dubbed Panther last Friday. Bill, in turn, launched the PDC conference on Monday touting the supposed excellence and genius of his new operating system dubbed Longhorn. Did Bill need to put on the show this week? Or, was Bill fighting to pull the spotlight back in his direction?
My Panther can kill your Longhorn. They think like that when they’re coming up with the names for their operating systems, really they do. On the same note, Microsoft (Bill) fired an employee for posting a picture of a pallet of Apple G5s arriving at the Microsoft receiving center in Redmond. That’s embarrassing.