Dr. Joseph Jang
Rise of an Empire- Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business philanthropist, author, and is chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored and co-authored several books. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
At age 13, Gates was enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. This is where he began to show an interest in computer programming. While at Lakeside School. He wrote a tic-tac-toe program in BASIC computer language that allowed users to play against the computer. During this time, Gates developed a payroll program for the computer company the boys hacked into, and a scheduling program for the school. In 1970, at the age of 15, Bill Gates went into business with his pal, Paul Allen. Later on they developed "Traf-o-Data," a computer program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle, and netted $20,000 for their efforts. Gates graduated from Lakeside School and enrolled in Harvard University in the fall of 1973. The History of Microsoft
Microsoft is a multinational computer technology corporation. The history of Microsoft began on April 4, 1975, when it was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its current best-selling products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. With annual revenues of more than $32 billion, Microsoft Corporation is more than the largest software company in the world: it is a cultural phenomenon. The company's core business is based on developing, manufacturing, and licensing software products, including operating systems, server applications, business and consumer applications, and software development tools, as well as Internet software, technologies, and services. Led by Bill Gates, the world's wealthiest individual and most famous businessman, Microsoft has succeeded in placing at least one of its products on virtually every personal computer in the world, setting industry standards and defining markets in the process. * Founding of Microsoft and BASIC
After reading the January 1, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800 ( a microcomputer), Bill Gates called the creators of a new microcomputer, MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems), offering to demonstrate an implementation of the programming language BASIC (in computer programming, BASIC (an acronym which stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of high-level programming languages designed to be easy to use) for the system. Gates had neither an interpreter nor an Altair system, yet in the eight weeks before the demo he and Allen developed the interpreter. The interpreter worked at the demo and MITS agreed to distribute Altair BASIC. Gates left Harvard University, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where MITS was located and founded Microsoft there. Gross income of the young company was $1 million in 1975. The company's first international office was founded on November 1,...