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Eyewitness The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley: The Inside Story of a Publishing Phenomenon by Christopher Davis

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24 – Gandhi in Las Vegas

The following year, 1995, Bill Gates sold his stake in Dorling Kindersley, garnering what to most people would be counted as a handsome profit on his investment but was merely pocket money to him. Doubtless he could see that DK wasn’t going to drive Microsoft to new stratospheric levels and our strategic value to him was strictly limited. For those of us on the DK board it was something of a relief to be independent again. The Microsoft relationship had been beneficial in that it had forced us to raise our game as a company, but from the outset we operated in different hemispheres from each other, both financially and culturally, and the gap was never likely to be bridged.

Microsoft’s exit forced us into a rethink ...

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