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Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs discussed on Tech Reports by Larry Magid

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If you're just joining us Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen has died this afternoon. He was sixty five Allen had said earlier this month that he was being treated for non Hodgkin lymphoma. Larry, you have been covering Allen and Microsoft. Since the early days, how would you describe his role in the tech world incredibly important. You know he'd not nearly as well known if Bill gate is or Steve Jobs, wealth, but certainly important pioneer. He and gates co-founded Microsoft back in nineteen seventy five that's year before the apple two came out and he helped he engaged together. We're responsible for Microsoft basic, which was probably the most important of the early early personal computer software languages. And then he remained Microsoft for number of year. I think until eighty two, when he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin non-hodgkin's lymphoma, this is not the first bout that he's had from Canterbury. He been diagnosed back then with three diagnosed and to come to a today, but he's been around he and he engaged from schoolmates. They were fourteen and twelve. They were playing around with computers way back guess what lie in the seventy s and you know, symphony wouldn't invested in sporting teams. You can't go to Seattle without seeing it, influence your mutual impact on the city. So you know an important person. What kind of a relationship did Paul Allen and Bill Gates having in more recent years? You know, I don't know. I, I assume they were in touch because they were both. You know, they're both very active in philanthropy and both in terms of international and and also Seattle. But I really don't know gates course haven't been at Microsoft. I think he's still on the board and it's been many years since Paul Allen resigned from Microsoft board. I think he resigned in two thousand though. I'm sure that they were in touch, but I don't know how closely we're and once he left Microsoft, did he try his hand and another tech business or, oh, yeah. He was involved in a number of interval technologies years ago with doing some very interesting. I can't remember what if any more because it's been so long. But he's been a certainly an investor in a number of tech companies, as well as a number of social entrepreneurs. He's given a lot of money to brain research, but yes, and by the way he wrote a book called idea, man, and that's sort of how fancied himself as you know, gates with the business guy and and Allen thought of himself at the the idea person pretty remarkable career all the way around. Absolutely. And the thing that not one, but two of them Bill Gates and Paul Allen both went on to do so much philanthropy. That's right. And you know, very big contribution again, not as well known if gates, but certainly a person with a huge amount of influence very early on and continuing. I think up until his death..