The Microsoft founder and former world’s richest man dispenses wisdom.
8. There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft (Free Market and the LA Times)
9. When you have a lot of money, it allows you to go down a lot of dead ends. We had that luxury at Microsoft in the Nineties. You can pursue things that are way out there. We did massive interactive TV stuff, we did digital-wallet stuff. A lot of it was ahead of its time, but we could afford it. (Rolling Stone Magazine, 2014)
10. If I think something’s a waste of time or inappropriate I don’t wait to point it out. I say it right away. It’s real time. So you might hear me say ‘That’s the dumbest idea I have ever heard’ many times during a meeting. (Playboy, 1994)
11. I was a kind of hyper-intense person in my twenties and very impatient. I don’t think I’ve given up either of [those] things entirely. Hopefully it’s more measured, in a way. (Financial Times, 2013)
12. At the end of the day you’ve got to have something that employers really believe in. And today what they believe in by and large are degrees. And if you have a great degree then you’re considered for jobs, and if you don’t have that degree there’s a lot of jobs you won’t get consideration for. (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012)
13. Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that. (InfoWorld Magazine Oct 2001)