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Bill Gates (Businessperson)

If something is expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?
Bill Gates war
It's not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that. There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of.
Bill Gates writing
Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company.
Bill Gates play
To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.
Bill Gates people
The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC.
Bill Gates war
I believeis destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time.
Bill Gates time
I have to say that in 1981, making those decisions, I felt like I was providing enough freedom for 10 years. That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time. Well, it didn't - it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem.
Bill Gates time
If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.… The solution to this is patent exchanges with large companies and patenting as much as we can.
Bill Gates change
I laid out memory so the bottom 640K was general purpose RAM and the upper 384 I reserved for video and ROM, and things like that. That is why they talk about the 640K limit. It is actually a limit, not of the software, in any way, shape, or form, it is the limit of the microprocessor. That thing generates addresses, 20-bits addresses, that only can address a megabyte of memory. And, therefore, all the applications are tied to that limit. It was ten times what we had before. But to my surprise, we ran out of that address base for applications within—oh five or six years people were complaining.
Bill Gates war
was one of the original pioneers of the PC revolution. He was a very creative computer scientist who did excellent work. Although we were competitors, I always had tremendous respect for his contributions to the PC industry. His untimely death was very unfortunate and he and his work will be missed.
Bill Gates death
There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed. … I'm saying we don't do a new version to fix bugs. We don't. Not enough people would buy it. You can take a hundred people using Microsoft Word. Call them up and say "Would you buy a new version because of bugs?" You won't get a single person to say they'd buy a new version because of bugs. We'd never be able to sell a release on that basis.
Bill Gates war
In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.
Bill Gates god
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates religion
It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit.
Bill Gates universe
We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast... It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number — before our doom comes.
Bill Gates work
About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don't pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.
Bill Gates war
Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority. It wasn't like somebody told me about it and I said, "I don't know how to spell that." I said, "Yeah, I've got that on my list, so I'm okay." But there came a point when we realized it was happening faster and was a much deeper phenomenon than had been recognized in our strategy.
Bill Gates time
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates learning
Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that.
Bill Gates men
We don't have the user centricity. Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence — presence is the most trivial notion, just am I on this device or not; it doesn't say am I meeting with something, am I focused on writing something.
Bill Gates writing
Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so irritating.
Bill Gates funny
Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time.
Bill Gates time
Does the e-mail say it's about 'enlargement' — that might be spam.
Bill Gates men
Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones. It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it — at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air.
Bill Gates art
If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.
Bill Gates people
Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be.
Bill Gates will
I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it.
Bill Gates good
Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. So yes.
Bill Gates right
I'm a big believer that as much as possible, and there's obviously political limitations, freedom of migration is a good thing.
Bill Gates freedom
If you just want to say, "Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along," that's fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. … Let’s be realistic, who came up with "File/Edit/View/Help"? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from?
Bill Gates truth
"You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that." quoted in (February 2010)
Bill Gates reading
"It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's piracy than when there's not." -Bill Gates, Fortune Magazine, July 17 2007
Bill Gates war
Robots will play an important role in providing physical assistance and even companionship for the elderly.
Bill Gates will
Suzanne Lammers, Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Harper and Row, . Text
Bill Gates work
The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.
Bill Gates people
You've got to be willing to read other people's code, and then write your own, then have other people review your code. You've got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you're doing wrong...
Bill Gates people
The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree.
Bill Gates love
We're no longer in the days where everything is super well crafted. But at the heart of the programs that make it to the top, you'll find that the key internal code was done by a few people who really know what they were doing.
Bill Gates art
Unfortunately, many programs are so big that there is no one individual who really knows all the pieces, and so the amount of code sharing you get isn't as great. Also, the opportunity to go back and really rewrite something isn't quite as great, because there's always a new set of features that you're adding on to the same program.
Bill Gates man
The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don't lay a solid foundation, and then they're not involved in the program in the future.
Bill Gates work
Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the programs down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking how they might slow the thing down.
Bill Gates people
Before Paul and I started the company, we had been involved in some large-scale software projects that were real disasters. They just kept pouring people in, and nobody knew how they were going to stabilize the project. We swore to ourselves that we would do better.
Bill Gates war
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
Bill Gates art
The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way tolarge .
Bill Gates men
One of the wonderful things about the information highway is that virtual equity is far easier to achieve than real-world equity...We are all created equal in the virtual world and we can use this equality to help address some of the sociological problems that society has yet to solve in the physical world,"
Bill Gates society
This leads to the paradox, that because the disease is only in the poor countries, there is not much investment. For example, there is more money put into baldness drugs, than are put into malaria. Now, baldness, it is a terrible thing [audience laughter] and rich men are afflicted, so that is why that priority is set.
Bill Gates money
First we've got population. Now, the world today has 6.8 billion people. That's headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that (forecast) by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3 (per year).
Bill Gates people
(Often misrepresented as meaning that he wanted to see current world population reduced via vaccine side-effects or perhaps )
Bill Gates world
It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates success
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Bill Gates work
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
Bill Gates art
If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
Bill Gates good
What's amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It's so far away in time that they can't appreciate what it means for their whole life.
Bill Gates life
The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard.
Bill Gates people
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
Bill Gates age
We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve.
Bill Gates people
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.
Bill Gates power
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
Bill Gates business
If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor. I mean everybody. The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means everyone.
Bill Gates evolution
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Bill Gates power
In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn't been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A's without taking a book home. I didn't go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
Bill Gates people
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.
Bill Gates change
Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.
Bill Gates war
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
Bill Gates you
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
Bill Gates
The U.S. immigration laws are bad - really, really bad. I'd say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government's name.
Bill Gates men
Contrary to popular belief, I don't spend a whole lot of time following soccer. But as I have traveled around the world to better understand global development and health, I've learned that soccer is truly universal. No matter where I go, that's what kids are playing. That's what people are talking about.
Bill Gates time
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
Bill Gates war
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.
Bill Gates freedom
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
Bill Gates war
Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.
Bill Gates work
The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it's Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same.
Bill Gates success
Be nice to nerds. Chances are youll end up working for one.
Bill Gates work
Its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates success
I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it.
Bill Gates will
Great teachers have the power to change the world.
Bill Gates change
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates art
Microsoft looks at new ideas, they dont evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, how will it help us sell more copies of Windows?
Bill Gates war
I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.
bill gates day
A top quartile teacher will increase the performance of their class — based on test scores — by over 10 percent in a single year. … That means that if the entire U.S., for two years, had top quartile teachers, the entire difference between us and Asia would go away.
bill gates art
I want to admit that I am an optimist. Any tough problem, I think it can be solved.
bill gates think
Students deserve great teachers. And teachers deserve the support they need to become great.
bill gates need
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces people into thinking they can’t lose.
bill gates success
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I dont think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
bill gates business
Oh, I think there are a lot of people who would be buying and selling online today that go up there and they get the information, but then when it comes time to type in their credit card they think twice because they’re not sure about how that might get out and what that might mean for them.
bill gates time
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they cant lose.
Bill Gates success
Its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates success
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Bill Gates work
It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates success
You graduates are coming of age in an amazing time. As you leave Harvard, you have technology that members of my class never had. You have awareness of global inequity, which we did not have. And with that awareness, you likely also have an informed conscience that will torment you if you abandon these people whose lives you could change with very little effort. You have more than we had; you must start sooner, and carry on longer.
Bill Gates science
I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it.
Bill Gates will
Whether its raising donations for favorite causes or recording a first album, the incredible advancements in technology and the Windows platform offer individuals greater opportunities to follow their passions.
Bill Gates passion
Life is not divided into semesters. You dont get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
Bill Gates life
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. Theres a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates religion
Here at work were all just trying to get a job done. My people have the confidence of their convictions and they know their skills. And that occupies most of my time.
Bill Gates time
The vision is really that in the information age the microprocessor-based machine, the PC, along with great software, can become sort of the ultimate tool dealing with not just text, but numbers and pictures, and eventually, even difficult things lik
Bill Gates war
The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about whats going on so they can do a lot more than theyve done in the past.
Bill Gates power
Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Bill Gates life
Theres a lot that can be done for people who are using technology in a better way.
Bill Gates people
Were changing the world with technology.
Bill Gates world

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