Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Essays

1150 Words May 31st, 2015 5 Pages
Entrepreneurial Case Profiles of Two Visionaries: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

Two men who gave their hearts and souls to developing their visions have driven the personal computer (PC) revolution. However, the way in which either of these men went about this quest has been different. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have changed the way the world does business, but the story of their leadership styles is even more compelling than the success and innovation spawned by Apple and Microsoft.

Bill Gates versus Steve Jobs: The Early Years

Bill Gates started developing his computer skills with his childhood friend Paul Allen at Lakeside School in Seattle. At the- age of 14, the two had formed their first computer company. After high school, AIlen
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Gates persuaded Ballmer to leave school and join Microsoft. Over the years Ballmer has become an indispensable asset to both Gates and Microsoft. In 1993, Gates continued to show his brilliance by hiring Jon Shriley, who brought order to Microsoft and streamlined the organization structure, while Ballmer served as an advisor and sounding board for Gates. Microsoft continued to grow and prosper in the 1990s, dominating both the operating system market with its Windows and the office suite software market with Microsoft Office
Gates recognized that his role was to be the visionary of the company and that he needed professional managers to run Microsoft. He combined his unyielding determination and passion with a well-structured management team to make Microsoft the giant as it is today.
The other visionary Steve Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak started Apple Computer in Jobs’s garage in Los Altos, California, in 1976. In contrast to Bill Gates, Jobs and Wozniak were hardware experts and started with a vision for a personal computer that was affordable and easy to use. When Microsoft offered BASIC to Apple, Jobs immediately dismissed the idea on the basis that he and Wozniak could create their own version of BASIC in a weekend. This was typical Jobs: decisive and almost maniacal at times. Jobs eventually agreed to license Microsoft's BASIC while pursuing his own vision of developing a more usable and friendly interface for the PC.

Many see Jobs as the

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