re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Bill Gates
In my opinion Bill Gates was lucky, like many in the business world. He was lucky that his ideas of how to run a business were right for the time he lived in. If he had been 30 years earlier or later then I suspect his ideas would not have been as successful.
Also I disagree with the idea that he was a better techie then the other techies, gearheads you called them. Microsoft's products were never worth a toot, until at least the third version. Gates' very successful idea was get something out there even if it isn't any good, then tout it to high heaven while you make the next release, fast and get it out there, then tout it to high heaven while you make the next release fast and get it out there, . . .
The other thing of course that helped was that they could undercut the competition in almost any market. Who was going to pay for Netscape or any other browser when there is already one included free in Windows? It may not be much good but it works. As for Novell and NetWare that was simple, why pay $5000 for a 50 user license for Netware when you can get an unmetered 50 user license for Windows NT for $500. Sure Windows NT had problems but still $500 versus $5000 is hard to get past the finance folks. Plus it left the IT folks lots of money for other things they wanted.
Don't get me wrong I never hated Bill Gates, and he did do a lot for/to the industry. He was a visionary and a bully but also a great business man.
Love your series BTW great articles. I'll be kind of sad when we get to #20 and it ends, but I may try to capture a set once they are all there to refer to later.