Bill Gates: a Leader in Innovative Technology Essay
Bill Gates: A Leader in Innovative Technology
MGT 451R: Management Styles and Strategies
July 8, 2008
The Microsoft Corporation has been a giant in the software industry for over three decades. The company’s founders, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, put together an operating system for the computer world that ultimately captured the attention of every one on earth. However, it was Bill’s pure genius and leadership qualities that took software to a level that was unmatched by anyone. Paul was the mastermind behind the hardware that needed Bill’s software to operate effectively.
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Birth of Microsoft Along with Paul Allen, Bill was very strongly driven to program software to run the operating systems Paul was creating. Bill spent many, many hours and days working, reading, and writing the software. BASIC had already been developed by two professors at Dartmouth College in 1964. Bill decided, along with Paul, to create an adapted version of the program. In 1975, the world’s first micro-computer was developed. It was named the Altair 8800. While already having adapted the BASIC software, Bill decided to contact the owner of that Altair and informed him that he had a program that they needed, even though he and Allen were not really, truly sure that it would work (Dickinson, 1997). It was Bill’s task-orientation and strong goal achievement that drove him to succeed. After making an appointment with Altair, Bill decided to send Paul to demonstrate what they accomplished. This decision was based on the fact that, although they both were in there early 20’s, Paul looked more mature than Bill due to Paul’s beard. While at Altair, Paul was quite nervous but did not show it. When Paul told the machine to add two plus two, the computer then told them that it equaled four. This is where history