Synergy Between Gates and Allen

Early Microsoft had two leaders at the helm who each provided different elements, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who had been programming together since Gates was in middle school and Allen in high school. Gates said, "I guess you could call me the doer and Paul the idea man. I'm more aggressive and crazily competitive, the front man in running the business day to day, while Paul keeps us out front in research and development." Their relationship was "at the core of the company." They would argue long and intensely and loudly over issues, but come out with great decisions as a result. (Written by Steve Miller, copyright Feb., 2003. Source: Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented An Industry - And Made Himself The Richest Man in America, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1994, p. 178, 179)

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