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Bill Gates thinks intellectual property is like bananas

“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.”

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Bill Gates (1955-present) is an American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft, and the worlds richest billionaire. He currently co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife, setting agendas and approving grants for initiatives in the developing world amongst the most disadvantaged communities. His profile at the foundation website includes the quote: “If we are going to change people’s lives, we need another level of innovation. Not just technology innovation – system innovation.”

If we are going to change people’s lives, we need another level of innovation. Not just technology innovation – system innovation.

Growing up in Seattle, the son of a lawyer and a school teacher, Bill Gates discovered his love of computing at a young age. He began programming at 13, and as a college student at Harvard he developed a version of BASIC, a programming language for the first microcomputer. He left Harvard his junior year to start Microsoft with his childhood friend, Paul Allen.

Their belief in the value of computers for business and homes drove Paul and Bill to develop software for personal computers. Microsoft is today the most-used personal computer software suite world wide. Bill Gates published “The Road Ahead” in 1995 and Business @ the Speed of Thought” in 1999 and has donated the proceeds from both bestsellers to non-profits focusing on technology in education and skills development.

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