Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
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Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technology into a commonplace tool for the office and home.
Gates has long been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men--which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs--and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, people actively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.
Bill Gates’s second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you’re interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.
saved the company. —CNBC Town Hall Event, Columbia University, November 12, 2009 Streamlining Business Processes We didn’t need a lot of formal process because, believe me, it’s better to have three guys who really know what’s going on than to have all of the processes that allow twelve to all sort of think they are part of that decision process. —Microsoft Rebooted, 2004 Success Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. —The Road
software for the computer, and the manufacturer—based in Albuquerque—hires the pair. BG leaves Harvard in his junior year and moves to Albuquerque with Allen; they christen their partnership Micro-Soft. 1976 BG and Allen officially register Microsoft—without the hyphen—as a business organization. Computer hobbyists had acquired copies of BASIC, which they used and passed along to others, without paying Microsoft. BG writes a scathing letter accusing the hobbyists of theft. 1977
2003. http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/comphist/gates.htm Programming “The finest pieces of . . . ,” Susan Lammers, “Bill Gates—1986,” Programmers at Work (Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 1986.) http://www.programmersatwork.wordpress.com/bill-gates-1986/ “Sometimes I envy people . . . ,” Bill Gates, New York Times News Service/Syndicate, March 14, 1995. Promoting from Within Sarah Blaskovich, “Lessons from a New-Product Wizard,” Success Magazine, October 1988.
http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/comphist/gates.htm Receiving an Honorary Degree from Harvard “I’ve been waiting more . . . ,” Commencement address delivered at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 7, 2007. http://www.harvardmagazine.com/2007/07/harvard-2007-commencement-address “I want to thank Harvard . . . ,” Commencement address delivered at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 7, 2007. http://www.harvardmagazinecom/2007/07/harvard-2007-commencement-address.
people listen to their mother’s advice when it relates to fashion. It’s not an area in which I claim to know more than she does.... I don’t look down at the color I’m wearing during the day. So if it pleases other people that I know a little bit more about which shirt to pick with which tie, that’s fine. . . . I think I know a little bit about it now, but below average. —Playboy, July 1994 Fast Food I eat at McDonald’s more than most people, but that’s because I don’t cook. . . . In