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How to become as rich as Bill Gates and a rant :).....

Hi folks, long time no see :).....I was darn busy, quite relaxed now. Lot has been happening and i really was unable to post anything due to haphazard ( both in terms of life and work :) )schedule.Well, i have found this article quite interesting and somewhat funny at the same time. Here is the first catchy paragraph :-)excerpt

"A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money. The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37. Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

This was not known to me untill i read the essay

She was also on the national board of United Way, along with John Opel, the chief executive officer of IBM who approved the inclusion of MS/DOS with the original IBM PC.

Gates indeed is cranky

An 1994 New Yorker article about Microsoft relates "If he strongly disagrees with what you're saying, [Gates] is in the habit of blurting out, 'That's the stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard!'". Jennifer New, a former Microsoft contractor, writes "Meetings with Bill or one of his top people are often replete with a barrage of expletives and other disdainful comments." (Salon, September 1997) My friends who work or have worked at Microsoft tell similar tales.

and here is a good comment on this article posted by some reader  :)

I like what Bill Gates has done for the American economy in general, and for my career in particular. In return for my $350, he has indirectly provided me with over $100,000 worth of employment opportunities using Windows, Office, and Visual Basic. In a free market, the fact that someone gets fabulously rich means that he produces something that is universally desirable. If Bill's personality were more congenial, perhaps he'd be better liked. But if he weren't a nerd, he might not have made Microsoft so successful. At least he didn't become rich by making others poor, like some third-world oligarch. Thanks to Bill, the hardest work I do is to lift my arm from the keyboard to mouse when I click a button.

and lastly, here is the Gates personal wealth clock.

Well, many people associate Gate's success with luck, but, this indeed is far from truth. Yes, luck could have a tiny share, but not a major one. Gates deal with IBM for DOS is still known as the deal of the century. IBM approached Gates for an OS and he didn't have it but he promised IBM to call back right after three months for an OS. Gates hired QDOS creator and gained the rights of the software. They tweaked it and sold it IBM and from there they took off beyond skies. I mean this is only Gates could do, you need to have iron balls to come up with something like an OS for giant company like IBM  in just three months, oh and yes it was 80s :)..Though i think Gates was little slow to anticipate the rise of Internet. In 90s i read somewhere that Gates said "If i would have one button to control Internet i would shut it down because i don't know how to control it". However, Netscape woke Gates up and in his one remarkable speech he said " Now we are hardcore about Internet, we are hardcore about anything we do at Mircosoft" ( i don't remember the exact phrase, so accept my apologies for misleading you somewhat :) )...and now Gates has Ray Ozzie as CTO and once again Microsoft is dead on. Well, Microsoft has not pioneered any market but still is the market leader. They really are proactive and hiring great people, having loose structure of organization and small and focussed teams really helped them. OOoops, my rant is not drawing any conclusion, but what do you really expect from a guy who is writing this at 5:20 AM and he is not ready to go and get a cup of tea to open up his eyes. This is exactly why i really do not like chemistry of brain-and-keyboard, i guess brain-and-pen does so much better. Try that, my two cents :)..

About the coffee plan, i know it will *never* be materialized :), just kidding. I usually end up at CTC around mid night so if anybody would like to accompany ,  you are most welcome. Today i tried Starbucks and the flavour was Frenchtoast ( or something that had 'French' in its name), that was...................weird, awful. Never ever try that. So i ended up with latte. One thing i really wish these coffee shops in Lahore must offer ,and it would really add lot of value , is books. I mean why can't you have 10 or 15 current Amazon best sellers in there, but i guess then the whole place would be designed by keeping book-reading at the top of the mind and by the way if coffee shops will have books in there and if people start reading books at places like CTC, if at all :) ,then one thing is for sure and that is our fashion industry would definitely go dead, if you know what i mean :)...

Anyhow, here is my thesis's conclusion and i apologize for wasting your time :)

Great ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said " I skate where the puck is going to be" and i guess , right now it seems Google is skating where the puck is going to be :)

Have your say? Please do share :)


Published Thursday, December 29, 2005 4:59 AM by fakeGeek

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# re: How to become as rich as Bill Gates and a rant :)..... @ Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:16 PM

Realy a great reading. I believe Gates and MSFT is doing great things since its inception.

Here is another great interview of Gates http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=174400413

And check the Nathan Myhrvold, another CTO at MSFT


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