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Bill Gates' Letter To Steve Jobs

Rajesh , 2788

There were undoubtedly good times and bad times shared over the years between the two rival techgurus, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Both were directly involved to bringing technology to its exceptional current state. Whilst the fiery Jobs had much to say of Microsoft-founding rival, there was always a mutual respect, which later on in Jobs’ life, blossomed into something similar to a friendship.

Both were young and highly ambitious when progressing with their respective companies back in the 70’s. Not known for mincing his words, Jobs, in his biography has openly called Gates “unimaginative”, describing him as someone who has “never invented anything”. He concluded that Gates “shamelessly stole other people’s ideas”.

When Gates discovered the implications about Jobs’ falling health he wrote him a rather poignant letter. “I told Steve about how he should feel great about what he has done and the company he has built. I wrote about his kids, whom I have got to know…….There was no peace to make. We were not at war. We made great products, and competition was always a positive thing. There was no cause for forgiveness.”

After Jobs’ passing in October 2011, Gates was called by Jobs’ wife Laurence Powell, who thanked him for the letter and suggested that her husband’s biography didn’t accurately portray the respect between the two.

Mr. Gates went on to heap praise on his former rival, continuing:

“Steve was an incredible genius who contributed immensely to the field I was in. We had periods like the early Macintosh, when he had more people working on it than they did today. And we were competitors. The personal computers I worked on had a vastly higher market share than Apple until really the last five or six years, where Steve has very good achievement, and we enjoyed each other’s work. He spent a lot of his time competing with me. There are lots of times when Steve said critical things about me. If you took the more harsh examples, you could get quite a litany.”

There’s a saying “best of friends, keenest of rivals” and whilst both were never what you would describe as best friends, and while some of the things said, particularly by Jobs, were somewhat defamatory, both did acknowledge the achievements of the other.

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Rajesh , 2788