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Salon: Why Bill Gates still doesn't get the Net

Mar 30, 1999, 18:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Rosenberg)

Thanks to Rakesh for this link.

"Bill Gates didn't become the world's richest guy by being shy about selling. So it's hardly a shock that "Business @ the Speed of Thought," Gates' new management-advice book, is a 400-plus-page sales brochure for the wizardry that personal computer technology can work in your corporation."

"If you plow through "Business @ the Speed of Thought" you will quickly realize three things: Nearly everything Gates writes is obvious. Nearly everything Gates writes is right. Yet somehow he has missed the real story."

"Gates and Microsoft have, of course, so far managed to ride the Net's wave to further success. "If we go out of business," he writes, "It won't be because we're not focused on the Internet. It'll be because we're too focused on the Internet."

"The Net has become such a crucible for human energy because its technical standards remain wide open -- it's the proverbial "level playing field." Gates does wield considerable influence, largely because he sits upon an enormous mountain of cash that enables Microsoft to acquire promising small companies whenever it chooses. But he does not call the shots."

"This must be galling to him."

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