Friday, June 16, 2006

Say what? A look back at Gates' pearls of wisdom

CNET "Bill Gates is the richest and arguably most powerful man in the tech sector. Historically reserved with regard to his private life, he has--over the last few decades--said a lot about business, global health and the evolution of the computer industry. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from Microsoft's co-founder and tech titan:
• 'If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.' (Challenges and Strategy, May 16, 1991)
• 'If something's expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?' (Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing, 1980)
• 'IBM to this day is the biggest company in the computer industry. People misunderstand that. We managed our relationship with IBM because we managed to surprise them again and again with how quickly we were able to do new things.' (U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 20, 2001) "

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