How Microsoft Started
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, one of the world’s largest PC software companies.
He started Microsoft with fellow computer geek Paul Allen in the mid-1970s, when personal computers were just beginning to become a thing.
The company’s first product was a basic programming language called BASIC, which was used on early home computers.
They started Microsoft with just $2,000.
In 1980, Gates and Allen struck gold with the release of MS-DOS, the operating system that would power the majority of the world’s personal computers for the next two decades.
From there, Microsoft released a string of successful products, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The company went public in 1986 and quickly became one of the most valuable publicly traded companies in the world.
Today, Microsoft is worth over $800 billion dollars and employs over 144,000 people around the world.
Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000, but he remains an active member of the company’s board of directors and is still one of its largest shareholders.