Monday, September 29, 2008
Bill Gates and Paul Allen that time take the courage to contact Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform which in reality they weren't. Their courage and determination impressed the company owner and they were later hired and then the two founded Microsoft on November 26, 1976.
The rise of Microsoft from small beginning to where it is now is due to industry, dedication and hard work. Gates ceased every opportunity to market the product and to expand the venture. Just this year his company tried to buy out Yahoo but eventually the company refused because the deal was unacceptable.
Since the booming of his business, Gates was number one on the "Forbes 400" list from 1993 through to 2007 and number one on Forbes list of "The World's Richest People" from 1995 to 2007. In 1999, Gates's wealth briefly surpassed $101 billion, causing the media to call him a "centibillionaire". He is certainly a Nouveau Riche.
So what's the essence of Bill Gates story to becoming a Nouveau Riche? A lot. His story is a classical example of taking the chance when the opportunity knocks and looking forward and never falling back. This is the dedication that success requires.