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Microsoft is trying to bring back the ’80s with its Windows 10 strategy (MSFT)
March 6, 2016

Probably the smartest choice Bill Gates ever made came in 1980, when he decided not to hand over the copyright for Microsoft's first-ever operating system to IBM.

In 1980, IBM contracted a startup called Microsoft to deliver DOS, an operating system for its forthcoming IBM PC, on a tight deadline.

The IBM PC came out in 1981, and soon became a smash hit, surpassing the leading Apple II. A horde of competitors rushed to build their own “IBM Compatible” clones that could run all of the same software and use all of the same hardware upgrades.

But to build those IBM clones, they needed DOS. And if they wanted DOS, they needed to fork over cash to Microsoft. Microsoft kept the rights in lieu of royalties from IBM. DOS put Microsoft the very center of the PC revolution, even through the era of Windows, and even after IBM left the PC market, eventually selling off that business.

36 years later, it's been a long time since the IBM PC moment. And with the Apple iPhone and Google ..

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How Startup Valuation Works
March 6, 2016

How would you measure the value of a company? Especially, a company that you started a month ago – how do…

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Biggest Obstacle in Becoming an Entrepreneur Is You
March 6, 2016

What if I told you that the number-one thing standing in your way to launching and / or expanding your business was something…

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