I started to post a comment on the previous thread and realized that it was too much for a comment, It’s actually a follow up:
I loved the part where Bill Gates says that Steve bosses him around. That gets a belly laugh.
Being a true geek, I’ve done much reading and research about both Apple and Microsoft. Apple was founded by two geniuses. (Steve Jobs would probably be working as a doorman at an art gallery or selling Mercedes if not for Steve Wozniak.) The story of Apple and Jobs is almost magical.
Microsoft, on the other hand, was founded by a rich, autistic nerd. He was born with a silver spoon. He’s the richest man in the world and for no good reason. He got it by being ruthless and unethical. He’s never produced anything of value to the world. (That’s a slight exaggeration. He did create BASIC. Maybe I should change that to “he hasn’t produced anything of value to the world in over 30 years.”) I can argue, convincingly, that Microsoft has set the world back and hindered the development of technology. I can do that because it’s true. He’s a master of marketing and has no other real skill. It certainly helps to start rich and have nothing to lose.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I could “boss around” Bill, too. Despite being the richest man in the world, he lacks the confidence of having achieved anything. Because he hasn’t. He’s a fraud and he knows it. The nicest thing I could say about Bill Gates is that he’s shrewd. Two decades ago, he was groveling and licking boots at Apple just trying to get “in.” Then when he did, he pulled a knife and has been twisting it ever since he inserted it. Steve has pulled himself up from relatively nothing over and over. He’s made mistakes and learned from them. That’s what makes a man.
Bill Gates deserves nothing he has and he knows it. Steve Jobs has earned everything he has and he knows it. That’s why Bill can never be comfortable and Steve always has been.