Salon: Why Bill Gates still doesn't get the Net
Mar 30, 1999, 18:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Rosenberg)
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"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."