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Daring Fireball: On Bill Gates’s ‘Greatest Mistake Ever’
Speaking of Microsoft and mobile, this story caught my eye a few weeks ago:
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been reflecting on his time at the company when crucial decisions were made over its mobile operating system. During a recent interview at Village Global, a venture capital firm, Gates revealed his “greatest mistake ever” was Microsoft missing the Android opportunity:
“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.”
A lot of the response to this has focused — correctly — on the antitrust implications of Gates’s “winner takes all” acknowledgement. Nilay Patel had a strong take: “Bill Gates Accidentally Makes the Case to Regulate the Hell Out of Platform Companies”.1
But I’m fascinated by the way he phrased the opportunity that Google seized with Android: to be “the standard non-Apple phone platform”. It’s just assumed in his thinking that the iPhone would have been the iPhone no matter what. Historically, that sounds bananas coming out of Bill Gates’s mouth.
gates  microsoft  android  history  business  daring_fireball 
yesterday by rgl7194
The side of Paul Allen I wish more people knew about | Bill Gates
“Our net worth is ultimately defined not by dollars but rather by how well we serve others.”
paulallen  bill  gates  paul  allen  curiousity  seattle  microsoft  net  worth 
20 days ago by bekishore
Grilling and chilling with Warren | Bill Gates
Fun to see two millionaires working at dairy queen.
gates  buffet  read  icecream 
23 days ago by djtrischler
USING GATES TO SECURE YOUR PROPERTY
Adding gates makes the barriers more functional and with the right electronics in place, won’t open unless the person seeking entry is authorized.
gates  property  security-gates 
6 weeks ago by Adventure_Web
Bill Gates Actually Made a Good Point About the Socialism Debate in America
Gates pointed out that the current surge in pro-socialist rhetoric in the U.S. isn’t really socialism by any strict definition of the word. The so-called “socialist” policies we’re hearing from politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are largely just capitalist policies with a strong social safety net. And that’s okay!
socialism  gates 
10 weeks ago by dpb
5 Benefits of Securing Your Home with an Automated Security Gate
Check out five benefits of securing your home with an automated security gate.
gates  security-gates  automated-security-gate 
11 weeks ago by Adventure_Web
Fencing & Farming Supply Specialists - McVeigh Parker
We are a specialist farm & fencing supplier, offering a huge range of agricultural & landscaping equipment from Clipex fences to livestock handling equipment.
agriculture  farming  gates  fencing  building  garden  landscape  tools  fixings  storage  tanks  industrial  containers  livestock  equestrian  supplies 
april 2019 by asaltydog

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