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  • Gates Wrote Jobs a Letter the Late CEO Kept Bedside



    Sometimes the line between competitive rivalry and genuine disdain blurs. It’s difficult to juggle mutual respect, admiration, jealousy, and public perception all at once. But, according to a report by The Telegraph and an interview with ABC Steve Jobs and Bill gates did the dance better than most.

    Gates told The Telegraph he and Jobs relationship changed drastically after he left Microsoft in 2007 to set up his foundation and after the two made a rare joint appearance at the D Conference in 2007. Gate’s even visited Jobs in October just before the late CEO’s death.

    "We spent literally hours reminiscing and talking about the future,” Gates told The Telegraph.

    “He and I always enjoyed talking. He would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things. We'd talk about the other companies that have come along. We talked about our families and how lucky we'd both been in terms of the women we married. It was great relaxed conversation." — ABC News Interview.
    Gates also wrote jobs a letter to tell him “how he should feel great about what he had done and the company he had built. I wrote about his kids, whom I had got to know." After Jobs death Gates received a call from Jobs’s wife Laurene. She told gates Jobs appreciated the letter and kept it by his bed.

    "She said; 'Look, this biography really doesn't paint a picture of the mutual respect you had," — Gates, The Telegraph.
    That respect blossomed into a friendship of sorts, how could it not? Two titans of tech who no longer directly competed, and shared a long, storied history would hopefully be drawn together by their similarities not driven apart by petty differences. The best of frenemies.

    Well, and Gates bailed Apple out in 1997 with a $150 million investment. And again in 2001 by developing Microsoft office for OS X.

    Source: The Telegraph and ABC News [via CNET]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Gates Wrote Jobs a Letter the Late CEO Kept Bedside started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Without gates there would be no apple without jobs there would be no Microsoft.
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      Without gates there would be no apple without jobs there would be no Microsoft.
      very true, however, without Denis Ritchie there would be no C...without C, there is nothing....he died when Jobs did.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      Without gates there would be no apple without jobs there would be no Microsoft.
      There would probably be a Microsoft, but it make crappier products.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Nice to see respect from two former rivalries. Honestly they've both done a great job building their businesses.
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      There would probably be a Microsoft, but it make crappier products.
      +1
    1. kddo14's Avatar
      kddo14 -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeoz View Post
      very true, however, without Denis Ritchie there would be no C...without C, there is nothing....he died when Jobs did.
      not to mention ritche's development of unix, without which Mac OS X and iOS wouldn't exist... or at least would likely exist in a different form...
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      There would probably be a Microsoft, but it make crappier products.
      +1
    1. Jay Barrow's Avatar
      Jay Barrow -
      These two remind me of David Dunn and Mr. Glass. Almost.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      As smart as Jobs was he clearly wasn't smart enough to save his own life.. such a shame.
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      As smart as Jobs was he clearly wasn't smart enough to save his own life.. such a shame.


      Oh yea, cause Einstein is still alive. And Hawking is healthy as a horse.
    1. boostin4hp's Avatar
      boostin4hp -
      Quote Originally Posted by c0dy View Post


      Oh yea, cause einstein is still alive. And hawking is healthy as a horse.
      lol
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Nice to see respect from two former rivalries. Honestly they've both done a great job building their businesses.
      Ik I love to see people have respect after a rivalry thank god they ended on good terms haha

      I respect CEOs that are innovative but CEOs that can be actual non corrupt people that show respect for others earn my respect on a much higher level
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      As smart as Jobs was he clearly wasn't smart enough to save his own life.. such a shame.
      Just a heads up: you'll die too.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by c0dy View Post


      Oh yea, cause Einstein is still alive. And Hawking is healthy as a horse.
      You missed the point. Steve opted out on surgery early on that likely would have saved his life. Instead, he took the holistic approach. That approach has him pushing up daisies today.

      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Just a heads up: you'll die too.
      Certainly. But if he is diagnosed with treatable cancer, maybe he will opt for more than sipping cranberry juice and doing yoga.
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      You missed the point. Steve opted out on surgery early on that likely would have saved his life. Instead, he took the holistic approach. That approach has him pushing up daisies today.



      Certainly. But if he is diagnosed with treatable cancer, maybe he will opt for more than sipping cranberry juice and doing yoga.



      +1000
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I got a mental vision of Jobs doing donuts on the lawn of Gate's estate. In a Honda.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      You missed the point. Steve opted out on surgery early on that likely would have saved his life. Instead, he took the holistic approach. That approach has him pushing up daisies today.



      Certainly. But if he is diagnosed with treatable cancer, maybe he will opt for more than sipping cranberry juice and doing yoga.
      Thank you for understand that very simple statement.
    1. chad daddy's Avatar
      chad daddy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      Without gates there would be no apple without jobs there would be no Microsoft.
      there would definitely be a Microsoft. Steve did not save the company.
    1. chicolonga's Avatar
      chicolonga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      Without gates there would be no apple without jobs there would be no Microsoft.
      agree
    1. KooLLaiD's Avatar
      KooLLaiD -
      Quote Originally Posted by chad daddy View Post
      there would definitely be a Microsoft. Steve did not save the company.
      Seriously. Anyone saying MS wouldn't exist without Apple is just plain insane, or are a complete moron. Jobs has received way more credit than he deserves. He was nothing more than the public face of Apple, a tyrannical, egotistical a**hole. All his personal designs were the biggest flops in Apple's history. He should only get credit for surrounding himself with competent, talented people. Ive was more responsible for saving Apple than Jobs ever was. This is coming from an Ex Apple Employee that resigned after 8 years because Apple had become a crappy place to work and lost all of it's core/founding principles. Especially the idea of "Think Different" and being Unique. It turned into a vanilla, soulless place very much like Dell which I worked for when I was 18 so I know. This was in part due to Apple in Austin hiring a lot of Sr. Management from Dell, but also because Jobs always avoided and never liked Austin. We tried to get him to come visit many times but he always refused. Pretty sad considering we were their second HQ