chapter TEN
The Manager as Politician
Bill Gates was standing in the right place in the early 1980s when IBM’s fledgling personal computer business came looking for an operating system. Gates didn’t have one, but his partner, Paul Allen, knew someone who did. Gates paid $75,000 for QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) in the deal—or steal—of the twentieth century. Gates changed the name to DOS and resold it to IBM, but shrewdly retained the right to license it to anyone else. DOS quickly became the primary operating system for most of the world’s personal computers. Gates himself was on the road to becoming one of the world’s ...

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