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What Steve jobs & Bill Gates Have in Common

Updated on June 18, 2013
Gates in 1977 after being arrested
Gates in 1977 after being arrested
Jobs  in the early 70's
Jobs in the early 70's

Humble beginnings sometimes lead to stumbles and financial empires, business success does require persistence based out of love to endure all the failures. Of course, luck and timing and seed funding also play a huge role. You may have a great idea, like Twitter, but it takes money to make it work and usually that is what lacks.

Bill Gates was the iconic geek looking kid. One did not have to even speak to him to tell he was a geek, not a jock, not a car dude. He probably had his share of name calling and teasing in High School. Steve Jobs was more of the opposite, a handsome, cool looking, hip dude who just happened to be a geek, as well. In the right clothes, one might think he was an attorney or doctor, in casual clothes, an engineer or actor.

Gates was just 14 yrs. old in 1970, a freshman in HS, and already intensely interested in computers when they were still years away. Yet, somehow he hacked into a national network at the time uploaded a virus that he created (as a joke and experiment). The result was the network crashed. This might have been the first virus attack. Of course, Gates would eventually create Microsoft. Now, Steve Jobs in the mid-70's was in college in California. He and buddies hated having to call long distance to parents and others and have to pay for it! So, he create a bypass wire that he sold to others in his dorm that allowed the caller to bypass the telephone company so the call was free. Nice. Of course, Jobs went one to create the Apple computer or the $2500 machine as ads called it back in 1980 or so.

Both had the vision of what a computer and computer languages might be able to do. Both, at first, got loans from family members and friends and later, grants and loans to keep development going. Selling a computer in 1980 was a hard sell. Most people and business wondered what they would do it besides play some games. The graphics were colorless, there were very little business software or word processing available. What was available, seemed to make everything more costly and difficult than a typewriter and paper. There was little point to owning a computer-it really was a novelty item for the rich to play with.

By 1985-8, this had change dramatically, more applications were available and computers could be bought for less than $1000, some for $600. Graphics now had more color and games were much more fun to play. Still, not all businesses saw the benefit until the late 80's. The computer capability remained a serious issue and DOS programming and WIndows were buggy. But, computers and their popularity really were promoted by games. The games demanded more processing power and more resolution in graphics. In a few years time, it went from CGA, EGA to VGA, then SVGA. Thus, hardware kept improving as did memory requirements.

Thank you Gates and Jobs.


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    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Indeed had it not been for Gates and Jobs; a person like me from a humble background, living in a third world country would never have the chance to interact with peers all over the world. I am truly obliged to both of these geniuses for making it all possible.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      I agree. Just think if you the cop taking the photo of gates in 1977, he no doubt thought he was just a kid and that was all.

    • Johnkadu123 profile image


      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      These are inspirational stories of two great entrepreneurs. Their character faults notwithstanding, I believe that they have done a tremendous amount of work for society as a whole.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      I found it interesting-humble beginnings.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great information on the two people who changed the world, thank you for sharing. Voted up and shared.


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