You may know him as the co-founder of the world’s largest computer software company, or as a philanthropist who aims to make the world a better place, or as the wealthiest man in the world, we all call him by the name Bill Gates. Entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, author, billionaire, computer programmer, inventor are only a few of the terms people use to describe Bill Gates. Although, these terms doesn’t make enough justice for this great man’s career and what he’s achieved in his life. In this article, we take you through the success story of this genius inventor, who redefined the personal computers industry. Read along to learn about his early life, how he achieved greatness and how he overcome the obstacles on the road to success.
The early days
Bill Gates was born in 1955 to a wealthy and a highly educated family. Gates followed the footsteps of his parents to become one of the top-scoring students at the school. He showed excellent skills in mathematics and was fascinated by technology and machines. By the time he was 13, Gates was already hacking computers with his all-time friend Paul Allen. At the age of 15, these two genius friends were programming applications for other companies as well as for their own school computer systems.
(Paul Allen and Bill Gates)
In 1973, Gates joined Harvard College for further studies, but his mind was already set on technology and computers. A year later, he dropped out of Harvard to team up with Paul Allen to find their own software company, Microsoft.
Birth of Microsoft
(Bill Gates in his office in 1985 / Image credit: Esparta Palma)
Microsoft made a deal with IBM in 1980 to power their new IBM PC with Microsoft’s operating system PC DOS. This partnership massively helped IBM to make a name in the world of personal computers. Even though the machine was sold under a different company, experts believed it was Bill Gates’ software that made IBM PC a success. In 1985, Microsoft launched the first retail version of Microsoft Windows operating system which evolved over the years to become the world’s most popular operating system for laptops and desktop computers. After building Microsoft from the bottom to a billion-dollar multinational company, Bill Gates left the company in 2006, yet remained active as an adviser. Gates then retired from his role as chairman in 2014 giving the CEO role to Satya Nadella.
Road to success
Gates saw the market for computer software even before there was one. In a way, he is the inventor behind the software and apps we use today. Gates is a not only an inventor but also a disciplined entrepreneur who created several strategic partnerships with many tech companies to help get Microsoft off the ground. Even though he was in charge of the company, Gates was the most hard working employee who never let a product go out without his inspection. He would carefully go through every line of code in the programming of Microsoft software to make sure it’s up to the best standards before shipping them out to stores.
(Steve Jobs and Bill Gates / Image source: Wiki Commons)
Gates always managed to look into the future and believed in working hard to achieving his goals, but making more money was not one of them. “Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point. Its utility is entirely in building an organization and getting the resources out to the poorest in the world,” said Bill Gates during an Interview.
Making a better future
With a net worth of over $76 billion, Bill Gates now spends most of his time searching for new ways to help the humanity, eradicate diseases like polio and fight hunger in Africa through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Yet, he never let go of that genius inventor in him. Gates recently demonstrated his ingenious machine, Omniprocessor, that turns human waste into drinking water. He plans to deploy these machines in several African countries to help solve the issue of clean water. Gates also invested billions of dollars in several research and technologies, including renewable energy.
“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” – Bill Gates.
Inventing new things to solve real-world problems was what drove Bill Gates toward success. Money or fame were never his motivation, those things were merely a side effect of his brilliant entrepreneurship. Gates is the perfect idol for anyone who wishes to succeed in the business world by serving the community with useful products and services. Our team at Hifluence believes in assisting thriving entrepreneurs in their journey toward success. Contact us via email or call +32 3 84 32 900 for all your branding and marketing needs. Nick Van Langendonck