Bill Gates

United States
Born on 28 Oct 1955
Business Magnate


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This is called capitalism. We create a product called Windows. Who decides what's in Windows. It's the customers who buy Windows.
Capitalism has shortfalls. It doesn't necessarily take care of the poor, and it underfunds innovation, so we have to offset that.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.
The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Business@the Speed of Thought (cowritten with Collins Hemingway; 1999)
The close relationships we form between researchers and product groups have already shown we can move the great ideas as they come along, without a schedule, into the products.

Net News (August 10, 1997)
One thing I've always loved about the culture at Microsoft is there is nobody who is tougher on us, in terms of what we need to learn and do better, than the people in the company itself. You can walk down these halls, and they'll tell you, 'We need to do usability better, push this or that frontier.'
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."