Bill Gates Speaks

Insight from the World's greatest Entrepreneur

Janet Lowe

Publisher: Wiley, 1998, 253 pages

ISBN: 0-471-29353-9

Keywords: Biography

Last modified: July 9, 2021, 5:20 p.m.

An icon more powerful than anything on a Windows screen, Bill Gates today stands atop his fabled Microsoft fortress staring down competitors' threats and injunctions from an annoyed U.S. Justice Department. The kind of success Gates has created rarely escapes criticism. And Bill is getting more than his share.

The story of how this Harvard dropout created the operating system that would become the worldwide standard for millions of computers is legendary. And equally legendary has been the take-no-prisoners tactics of his corporate colossus, Microsoft. We've witnessed Gates's transformation from a geeky wunderkind into a business titan.

Whether admired or detested, glorified or vilified, Gates is a household name and a worldwide curiosity. Bill Gates Speaks discloses what Bill Gates has to say on everything from financing a start-up to running a conglomerate, developing technology to raising a family, and growing his business to expanding his personal wealth. Drawing on quotes culled from speeches, articles, essays, newscasts, and interviews, this unique book weaves all of this information into a compelling and easy-to-read biography.

  • Growing up Gates
    • Young Jump
      • Is Bill Gates Borderline Autistic?
    • Lakeside Mother's Club
    • The Computer Room Gang
    • Practicing on the Power Grid
  • Heading of on the Conventional Road
    • Harvard
      • The Pancake Puzzle
    • Leaving Harvard to Chase a Dream
  • Back on the High-Tech Highway
    • "The Coolest Program I Ever Wrote"
    • On-the-Job Training
    • Microsoft's Growing Pains
    • Have a Hard-Core Work Ethic
    • Go Public for the Right Reasons
  • The Gatesian Management Style
    • The Propeller Heads
    • Assemble a Brain Trust
    • Embrace Nerdisn
    • Practice Darwinian Management
    • Never Mind the Good News — Report the Bad
    • Don't Waste a Thing — Especially Time
    • Work Hard / Play Hard
    • E-Cabulary
  • The Microsoft Business Model
    • Managing Innovations
    • Microsoft Abroad
    • The Acquisition Policy
    • Bill Labs
  • The Computer Wars
    • Battling Pirates
    • Battling Competitors
      • Java, Java, Jing-Jing-Jing
    • I am Humble, Respectful
      • Bill Buys American — Oops, Make That America
    • Battling Big Blue
    • Battling for the Heck of It
  • Microsoft Mistakes
    • Expect Failure
    • The Trouble with Deadlines
    • MISS
    • Playing Catch-up on the Internet
  • Attack the Future
    • Think Week
    • We Set the Standards
    • Connectivity
    • Thinking About Someday
  • Others Say
    • Billophobia
    • Friends Say
    • Buffett and Bill
  • Living at the Pinnacle
    • The World of the Cyberrich
    • Stock Market Roller Coaster
    • The Lake Washington Estates
    • Bill's Cars
    • Charity Begins at the Library
    • Pie in the Face
  • Little Time for Love
    • Single in Seattle
    • Wedding Song
    • "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
  • The New Computer Culture
    • Kids and Computers
    • Books Are Not Obsolete
    • Living the Internet Lifestyle
    • Computers and Democracy
    • Computers and Capitalism
  • Gates on Life
    • On Human Intelligence
    • Gates's Heroes
    • Gates and God
  • The Bottom Line
    • Gates's Personal Plans for the Future
    • Has It Been Worth It?
  • The Bill Gates Time Line
  • Endnotes


Bill Gates Speaks

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Mediocre **** (4 out of 10)

Last modified: Oct. 29, 2010, 1:06 a.m.

Idolising, but a tad better than most of the comparable trash.


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