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Business the Bill Gates Way (Bigshots) by Des Dearlove

By Des Dearlove

This can be the 1st in a sequence that exhibits how the "big pictures" of the enterprise global have attained their positions during which they keep watch over large empires and command enormous own fortunes. The e-book finds the secrets and techniques, offers, schemes and goals of those, the world's fiercest company opponents.

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Bill Gates was in the right place at the right time. At a fateful meeting with IBM in 1980 the future of the computer industryand arguably the entire business worldtook an unexpected turn. Executives from Big Blue signed a contract with a small Seattle-based software firm to develop the operating system for its first PC. They thought they were simply saving time by outsourcing a non-core activity to a small contractor. After all, they were in the computer hardware business, where the real money and power lay.

The new entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley didn't wear suits. The blue-suited IBMers who had dominated the computer business for decades were wrong-footed by the switch from mainframes to personal computers. Standing on the threshold of the change was Bill Gates, ready to usher in the new paradigm. But Gates and Paul Allen, his high school friend and partner in computer language development, were very different to the IBMers. Page 21 The young Gates, with his bottle-glass spectacles, dandruff and acne, and Allen, with his long hair and shaggy beard, provided Americans with a caricature of the nerds they knew at school.

9 Build a byte-sized business. Relative to its stock market valuation, Microsoft remains a relatively small company. Internally, too, the company is constantly splitting into smaller units to maintain the optimal entrepreneurial team environment. At times, change has been so rapid that Microsoft seems to be creating new divisions on an almost weekly basis. Gates also relies on maintaining a simple structure to enable him to keep his grip on the company. Whenever he feels that lines of communication are becoming stretched or fuzzy, he has no hesitation in simplifying the structure.

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