Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were two great rivals in the business of personal computers, each with its differences from the other. Both were born in 1955 and both left the university. Probably those were the only things they had in common.

Well … also had in common a kind of hatred / admiration between them, and both had similar ambitions with regard to technology and the business world.

Bill Gates came from a wealthy family. His father was a prominent lawyer in Seattle, and his mother, a prominent member of civil society who participated in prestigious committees. He became obsessed with technology in one of the best private schools in the area. It was not a rebel, not a hippy like Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs, however, came from a middle / lower class who welcomed him up for adoption, and that could save a lot of effort to send Jobs to college. According to account Walter Isaacson in the official biography of Steve Jobs, each of these geniuses of business was considered smarter than the other, especially Jobs, who never respected Gates, and always saw him as someone far below him.

Bill Gates was an excellent programmer, while Jobs did not know how to program, and although that was a source of contempt for Gates, the truth is that Jobs admired the way he could captivate others, despite their constant rudeness. He was also admired the vision that I had to know what products they would like to consumers.


Steve Jobs was all passion, romance and intuition, with an instinct to make technology easy to use and nice designs. Looking for perfection, and that made him all too demanding surroundings.

By contrast, Bill Gates had a more practical and disciplined mind, and more analytical processing capability. He did not have so much love and passion as Jobs for the products, which made him focus directly on the business and make rational decisions. No emotional and Jobs. For Jobs, Apple was like a son, and the products were grandchildren. For Gates, Microsoft was a very profitable business, a machine to make money and create jobs. As we can see, both achieved success, and both have a completely different mentality and features relative to each other: Heart + emotion = Jobs = success. Methodical Gates = + = analytical success.

His first business ideas reflect his personality.

Each had a different foray into the world of creations and businesses, but even seeing what were initial ideas and ways to make money first we could identify with their respective creators.

1. The first business idea of Steve Jobs.

As told Jobs Isaacson, his first earned dollars a venture was basically an idea that was to defraud the telephone company. His friend Wozniak had invented something to interpret the sounds emitted by the telephone companies to connect calls, so as a prank, could make free calls to wherever they wanted. Steve Jobs saw that the panacea, thinking they could sell that and removed some money together, as a first company, but illegal. Of course, Jobs already proved to be a freak design, Cando thought to sweeten this invention in the face of potential buyers, should be most striking, so he decided to enclose those plaques in blue boxes. Jobs demonstrated his skills persuasion and sales to achieve those sell a hundred boxes for about $ 150 at the time. As a result of the synergy that would become the beginning of Apple emerged. Created Wozniak and Steve Jobs sold. Jobs vision ala the future, and what Wozniak built. It was more complex, but basically it.


2. The first business idea of Bill Gates.

Bill Gates, as a methodical and practical businessman, had other inventions. In the case of Gates, first he showed their creativity by creating a program to organize the various subjects so that it would coincide with the girls he liked.Although his first monetized invention was a program count vehicles for engineers. Traffic in the area is clear that Gates would use their programming skills in order to create useful programs and make that their way of life.


Conclusion: There is no road or specific unique features and success because it comes in many directions and pathways. But there is something that most successful entrepreneurs have in common: They are always creating, they are always thinking, inventing and making, seeking business ideas in their environment and taking advantage of opportunities that arise. That is, you must always be moving.