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1.2: It’s Your Revolution

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    Learning Objective

    After studying this section you should be able to do the following:

    1. Name firms across hardware, software, and Internet businesses that were founded by people in their twenties (or younger).

    The intersection where technology and business meet is both terrifying and exhilarating. But if you’re under the age of thirty, realize that this is your space. While the fortunes of any individual or firm rise and fall over time, it’s abundantly clear that many of the world’s most successful technology firms—organizations that have had tremendous impact on consumers and businesses across industries—were created by young people. Consider just a few:

    Bill Gates was an undergraduate when he left college to found Microsoft—a firm that would eventually become the world’s largest software firm and catapult Gates to the top of the Forbes list of world’s wealthiest people (enabling him to also become the most generous philanthropist of our time).

    Figure 1.1

    Young Bill Gates mug shot

    Young Bill Gates appears in a mug shot for a New Mexico traffic violation. Microsoft, now headquartered in Washington State, had its roots in New Mexico when Gates and partner Paul Allen moved there to be near early PC maker Altair.

    Albuquerque, New Mexico police department – Bill Gates mugshot – public domain.