Comparison of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
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Topic : Compare the characteristics of two successful entrepreneurs who have achieve global success.
Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jerry Yang, Walt Disney and so on. These were all the names often heard by us and often been a subject or topic discussed by everyone, no matter in school or in the work place as a motivation to each other. They are a few examples of globally succeeded entrepreneurs. Their products are well known and useful. For example, Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, Steve Jobs created Apple products, Bill Gates created Microsoft and so on. Their products were used widely by all of us around the world. The things that everyone concerned about is, the characteristics in them that make them globally succeeded entrepreneurs and so well known. So, comparing the characteristics of two globally succeeded entrepreneurs would be the concern of this essay. The two entrepreneurs that would be compared are Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. They both have similarities in their characteristics such as they do not give up for what they love doing and they are innovative and creative.
I. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates do not give up for what they love doing.
Sub-point a: Steve Jobs does not give up on gaining knowledge in the field of technology despite the drop out of college.
Evidence 1: Steve Jobs struggled during his schooling time as he realized that there were not much practical approach and applications could be done with school and he hated the formal schooling system. So, he dropped out of his college, Reed College in Portland after finished one semester. But this did not stop Steve Jobs to continually gain knowledge in the field of technology because this is what he is interested in. After dropping out of Reed College, Steve Jobs spent the next 18 months, dropping in on creative classes.
Evidence 2: Later on, after he attended those creative classes, he began his career as a video game designer in Atari. But, after several months, he quitted his job and travel to India to find spiritual enlightenment. After that, in 1976, Steve Jobs and Wozniak, a friend of Steve Jobs that he knew during his school time started to run Apple Company. The first product they launched was the Apple computers. From dropping out of College, attending creative classes, becoming a video game designer and starting the Apple products, this shows that Steve Jobs had never given up on his dream and what he loves doing.
Sub-point b: Besides that, back to Bill Gates. He did not give up on writing programs and software for computer as he is interested in computer science.
Evidence 1: Bill Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside school. He discovered his interests in computer programs and software in the lakeside school when he was at the age of 13. The Mothers Club of the Lakeside school bought a teletype and computers for the students that time and this is where Bill Gates wrote his very first computer programs, that is, he wrote a tic-tac-toe program which allowed people to play it on computers. He skipped his mathematics classes to pursue his interests.
Evidence 2: Moreover, Bill Gates and his 3 other friends sought time to study the system and hack into the system of the computer by exploiting bugs to get free computer time. However, four of the students, including Bill Gates were banned for the whole summer period by the Computer Centre Corporation (CCC) after they found out four of them exploited bugs into the system. The system that they hacked belonged to the CCC Company. But, at the end of the banned period, four of them were offered by CCC to find bugs in their software as an exchange of free computer time in CCC Company. Bill Gates did not waste his time by using computer that time. Instead, he used the time for CCC Company to study the source code for various programs. This shows that Bill Gates really interested in computer software and he did not give up on learning how to write programs or software.
II. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates both are innovative and creative too.
Sub-point a: Steve Jobs put a lot of efforts and time at revolutionizing the computer industry.
Evidence 1: Steve Jobs used what he learned in school, helping him create many of the Apple products. The first product that Steve Jobs created was the Apple I computer in the 1970s. The computer that Steve Jobs and his partner Wozniak created was a personal and user-friendly computer. It was sold for $666.66 each that time. Because of the uniqueness of the Apple I computer, it caused the Apple Company to earn an amount of $774,000.
Evidence 2: After creating the Apple I computer, both Steve Jobs and Wozniak were working together to invent a smaller, cheaper, accessible, and convenient products. Then, the Apple II computer, the second product of Apple Company was created. This time, it helps the company’s sales to be increased by 700 percent that is, making a profit of $139 million. Then, more and more Apple products were created by Steve Jobs such as iPod, iMac, iPhone and a lot more. Because of the creativity that Steve Jobs had, it helped a lot of the people and this is a very great contribution to the technology world.
Sub-point b: As for Bill Gates, he used his creativity to create the world’s largest software business.
Evidence 1: In 1973, Bill Gates entered Harvard University as freshman. During his time at Harvard, Bill Gates used his knowledge on programming software to develop a version of programming language “BASIC” for the first micro-computer that is, the MITS Altair. Because of the creative thinking of Bill Gates and the knowledge that he had obtained when he was in the CCC Company, the BASIC programming language was created.
Evidence 2: Bill Gates then left Harvard University in 1975, during his junior year. After he left Harvard, he joined his childhood friend, Paul Allen to run their own company, the Microsoft Company. During the first few years at Microsoft, Bill Gates continue to write code for programs and he review all the software program code line by line and rewrite it. He then creates more and more software with his creativity and this led to the approach of the IBM Company to Microsoft in 1980 regarding its upcoming personal computer, IBM PC. If Bill Gates was not creative enough to create all the software that are useful, there would not be such useful software exists and this is a great contribution too.
In conclusion, both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates could achieve such success globally because of the characteristics they had. They do not give up on what they love doing and they are innovative and creative. They think out of the box and they do not afraid to move out the first step that could lead to the changes to them. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates gave us a lot of motivation and inspired us a lot to continue what we love doing and achieve our dreams, “To be or not to be, that is the question”. This popular quote from Shakespeare had explained its meaning through the stories of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
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