Business at the Speed of Thought: Bill Gates

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Business @ the Speed

of Thought
BILL GATES
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Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2JE, England and Associated Companies throughout the world. ISDN 0 582 34300 3 First published in the USA by Warner Books, a Time Warner Company 1999 This edition first published 2001 Original copyright ©William H. Gates, III, 1999 Text copyright Penguin Books 2001

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Introduction
"As the boss of Microsoft, the world's most successful software company, I played a large part in the birth of the Information Age. In this book I explain the idea of a digital nervous system—the use of information technology to satisfy people's needs at work and at home . . . "

In this fascinating book Bill Gates offers the reader a better future. He explains how more and better information can mean more interesting jobs for workers, more knowledgeable customers, more interesting schools, and citizens who have a voice in the decisions their government makes. A "digital nervous system" can improve business, but this book is not just for people in business. It is for

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