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Bill Gates cofounder of the Microsoft corporation holds 307 percent of its stock making him one of the richest people in the United States He was the marketing and sales strategist behind many of Microsofts software deals Their software became the industry standard in the early 1980s and has just increased in distribution as the company has grown so much that the Federal government is suggesting that Microsoft has violated Sherman and Clayton antitrust acts Bill Gates first interest in computers began at Lakeside a private school in Seattle that Gates attended There he wrote his first software program when I was thirteen years old It was for playing tic-tac-toeGates 1 It was at Lakeside that Gates met Paul Allen who later became cofounder with Gates of Microsoft There they became friends and began to mess around with the computerGates 2 Back in the sixties and early seventies computer time was expensive This is what drove me to the commercial side of the software businessGates 12 Gates Allen and a few others from Lakeside got entry-level software programming jobs One of Gates early programs that he likes to brag about was written at this time It was a program that scheduled classes for students I surreptitiously added a few instructions and found myself nearly the only guy in a class full of girlsGates 12 In 1972 Intel released their first microprocessor chip the 8008 Gates attempted to write a version of BASIC Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code for the new Intel chip but the chip did not contain enough transistors to handle it Gates and Allen found a way to use the 8008 and started Traf-O-Data a computer traffic analysis companyClayton 452 It worked well however marketing their new machine proved to be impossible No one actually wanted to buy the machine at least not from a couple teenagersGates 14 Gates and Allen had more less successful endeavors in starting a software company
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