Bill Gates Biography Essay

1185 Words Mar 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Bill Gates was born October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. He is famous for building through technological innovation, great business strategies and aggressive business tactics, the world's largest software business, Microsoft. He is also well known for becoming the wealthiest person in the world in the process of building his company.
Gates came from an upper middle-class family. His family atmosphere was warm and close, and he and his two sisters were always encouraged to be competitive and strive for excellence. He started to show an interest in computer programming at the age of 13 at the Lakeside School. It was there that he met his friend and future partner Paul Allen, who was two years his senior. The two became fast friends,
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In reality, they didn't have an Altair to work with or the code to run it. But they wanted to know if MITS was interested in someone developing such software. Turned out MITS was interested, and its president Ed Roberts asked them for a demonstration. They spent the next two months writing the software at Harvard's computer lab. Allen traveled to Albuquerque for a test run at MITS, never having tried it out on an Altair computer and it worked perfectly. Allen was then hired by MITS and Gates soon left Harvard to work with him. In 1975, Gates and Allen formed a partnership they called Micro-Soft, a blend of "micro-computer" and "software."
Microsoft's BASIC software became very popular and one of Gate’s main concerns was computer hobbyists obtaining pre-market copies, reproducing and distributing them for free.
At the end of 1978, Gates moved the company's operations to Bellevue Washington, just east of his hometown Seattle. Feeling motivated he threw himself into his work and with his acumen for software development and a keen business sense he placed himself as the head of Microsoft, which grossed $2.5 million in 1978 when he was only 23.
Between 1978 and 1981, Microsoft's growth exploded, and staff increased from 25 to 128. Revenue also shot up from $4 million to $16 million. In mid-1981 Gates and Allen incorporated Microsoft, and Gates was appointed president and chairman of the board. Allen was named executive vice-president.
By 1983,

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