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Vanity Fair Paul Allen and Bill Gates
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's book Idea Man is excerpted in the May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair. The link to the excerpt is here. Most of the press coverage (like this Wall Street Journal story) focuses on the negative aspects: "Bill Gates schemed to take shares in Microsoft Corp. from his co-founder during the early days of the software company following his partner's treatment for cancer," is the way the Journal article begins.

But what is striking to me in the excerpt is the way the early days of Microsoft — which created the fortune that for a time made Bill Gates the richest person in America — fit not the negative stereotypes of capitalists or rich people or entrepreneurs ("taking" from cancer victims) but the positive ones.

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Vanity Fair Paul Allen and Bill Gates
futureofcapitalism.com

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's book Idea Man is excerpted in the May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair. The link to the excerpt is here. Most of the press coverage (like this Wall Street Journal story) focuses on the negative aspects: "Bill Gates schemed to take shares in Microsoft Corp. from his co-founder during the early days of the software company following his partner's treatment for cancer," is the way the Journal article begins.

But what is striking to me in the excerpt is the way the early days of Microsoft — which created the fortune that for a time made Bill Gates the richest person in America — fit not the negative stereotypes of capitalists or rich people or entrepreneurs ("taking" from cancer victims) but the positive ones.

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