Famous Thinkers

Topics: Bill Gates, Microsoft, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pages: 4 (1468 words) Published: August 28, 2013
Famous Thinkers Paper
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Ellen Kathleen Kennedy
Famous Thinkers Paper
When I think of famous thinkers a vast number of people come to mind. Two thinkers that genuinely stand out to me are Bill Gates and Martin Luther King Jr. Bill Gates has virtually become a household name because of Microsoft. Martin Luther King Jr. is famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech. Bill Gates and Martin Luther King Jr. had numerous contributions to society and they worked through great lengths to make it happen. When you think of computer software one name comes to mind and it is Microsoft. In today’s world, Microsoft is loaded on every computer usually as a trial. “Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13” ("Microsoft", 2011.) In his junior year of college, Gates left Harvard. He began devoting his time to Microsoft, a company he began in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Although Microsoft is doing well now it did not start off on a great foot. Every line of code was personally reviewed by Gates before it was shipped. He fixed it if it was deemed necessary. In November 1980, IBM approached Microsoft. Gates impressed them immediately and convinced them that he and his company could meet their needs. The only problem was that Microsoft did not have a system compatible for IBM computers. Gates took it upon himself to purchase a system that would be compatible with IBM pc’s. Gates refused to sell the source codes to IBM, instead convinced IBM to pay a licensing fee for copies of the software sold with the computers ("Bill Gates Biography", 2013.) Microsoft began to explode between 1978 and 1981, both the staff and revenue increased. The staff went from 25 to 128 and the revenue went from four million to sixteen million. In 1983 Microsoft went global in Japan and Great Britain. In November 1985, Gates and Microsoft launched Windows....

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Bill Gates biography. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/bill-gates-9307520
Martin Luther King Jr. biography. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086
Thorpe, D. (2012, September 5). The Real Reason The World Will Remember Bill Gates. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2012/09/05/the-real-reason-bill-gates-the-world-will-remember-bill-gates-hint-its-not-windows-8/
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