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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder

Our group met with Allen early on to discuss the future of personal computing.   He gave an early example of buying and adapting versus building.  See also his Allen Institute for AI.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies, aged 65

He was also a philanthropist and drove Seattle's development into a cultural centre.  Mr Allen came up with the company's name Micro-Soft, for a company that made software for small computers. The term personal computer (PC) would become commonplace later  ... "

Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen died Monday in Seattle, WA, from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen, 65, helped usher in the personal computing era in the 1980s by arranging a deal to acquire (and later tweak) an operating system that served as the basis for the Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS), a forerunner of today’s Windows operating system. Said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, "In his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world." In addition, over the course of his life, Allen donated more than $2 billion toward nonprofit groups dedicated to the advancement of science, technology, education, the environment, and the arts. He also funded scientific research organizations such as the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.  ... " 

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