Paul Allen

Submitted by on Sep 21, 2015

Paul Allen

He resigned from the board of the Board of Directors of Microsoft, retaining the post of chief adviser on strategy, because Bill Gates is unlikely to tolerate near him as an advisor someone other than Allen’s friendship which has lasted four decades.

Author: Ildar Kutyev

Start the life story of Paul Allen could probably since: January 21, 1953 in Seattle, a librarian in the family was born a boy. He was named Paul … But it would be too boring, so better start with the other lines of the official biography of Paul Allen. “In the late 1960s he studied at the school. Distressed permanent restrictions on access to the electronic computer, along with his friend Bill Gates dreamed of the day when every table would have stood a miniature copy of the computer. “Simple as it turns out – the boys just dreamed of personal computers. And as an adult, pursuant to the children’s dreams just participated in the development of software for the first personal computer Altair. And then just simply created for DOS for the IBM PC, which has become the de facto standard for personal computers. Just something that took so is the desire to childhood dream became a reality. Maybe the reason was the fact that, according to Allen himself, all his life adheres farewell given to him by his father:”do only what you really like”.

Favorite hobbies: movies, books, guitar, chess, scuba diving. Beyond the official biography remained another passion – card. In school, Paul Allen was famous for playing poker. According to legend, it is a game of poker he met his future friend, partner and colleague – Bill Gates. This happened in 1968. By the way, playing cards allow his friends to raise money needed to pay for work on a computer.

Paul obsession programming during school study at times, in the most literal sense, it is costly to parents. In an interview given in 1995 by the American edition of Fortune, Bill Gates told the story of embarrassment, happened to his friend at a ceremony marking the end of the school year. The administration simply refused to issue a certificate to Allen, is present at the ceremony the mother of the future billionaire has not paid a debt of $ 200 for her offspring used machine time.

However, once luck friends. Fortune comes to them in the name of the computer center in downtown Seattle. Paul and Bill were famous at school for its success in the field of communication with computing monsters, and some of the parents advised of their administration center as free testers. During the search for errors in the PAL paid nothing, but they have a free access to a computer data center. But more it was not necessary. “Experienced”programmers with condescension looked at young talents and in response to the endless questions, laughing, gave them a thick volume of instructions. These books he studied diligently teenagers and gave rise to new questions.”They have given us into the hands of one book – told about this time Paul Allen. – It was like a game. We read about assembler, but did not have handy guide to the system. A staff amused by how much time you will need to ensure that before we came to Bill, finally, that to understand the whole picture, we need one more part of the instruction. Then we returned to the issues, and we were awarded the next part of the book. “Here in the computer center of the teenagers confronted with what is called a terrible word”bankruptcy”. Because of financial problems in one not too fine day center simply closed. Later, Allen described how some people have come to describe the property, pulled out chairs almost from under them with Bill, and friends hurried to save on punched tape program as long as the computer is not completely cut off …

In 1971, Paul received by the Washington State University, read an article about the world’s first microprocessor Intel 4004. The computer “brain”compressed to the size of the chip, and it becomes a reality their dream with Bill about the time when everyone at the table It will be your own personal copy of the computer. Allen, inspired read, passionately argued friend that microprocessors will now be constantly improved and will form the basis of future computing systems. A year later, friends chipped in for $ 360, bought the then miracle of technology – a microprocessor Intel 8008. It was to serve as the heart of a computer to control the traffic … In recognition of Paul Allen, Bill and their first joint venture, the company Traf-O- Data, organized in 1972, although it has brought some profit, it was in general not too successful. Crushed price competition partners were forced to”cover” their business. However, what others could break for Allen and Gates was just a good lesson for the future.

In winter 1974 Paul Allen came across published in the Journal of Popular Electronics article on the world’s first personal computer Altair production MITS. Confident in the future success of desktop computers, he realized that this is exactly what you need. As a programmer Paul realized that without a convenient programming language Altair was practically useless for enthusiast computing. Of the same opinion, and Gates. The case for small – to “teach” the first personalku language and do not miss this chance, is not for the work came from the other. The uniqueness of the situation consisted in the fact that Allen and Gates were on hand almost finished project language interpreter BASIC, created back at work on his own project Traf-O-Data. Adapt it to the Altair was a matter of technique. It remained convinced of the rightness of their ideas guide MITS, producer personalki that has been done with the inherent youth persistence and assertiveness. As a result, Paul Allen was hired into MITS, and friends received a contract to develop a programming language for the Altair and … office work in addition. Who would have known that this was the start of a legend …

In 1975, a significant event happened – Allen and Gates first used the name Micro-Soft. The source language interpreter BASIC, created by order of MITS, friends, and included this line: “Micro-Soft BASIC: Bill Gates wrote a lot of stuff; Paul Allen wrote some other stuff “. As confessed later, Bill Gates. they were suffering with Paul for a long time, inventing a name for the new company. Outcorporated Inc. or Unlimited Ltd. it was too impersonal, “Allen and Gates”looked like a law office. It took something else. And this”other” was found – the name was derived from the primary and, at first, the only activities companions – creating software (SOFTware) for microcomputers (MICROcomputer). Later, writing the name changed – Microsoft, and the sphere of interests of the company over the past quarter-century, too

more expanded.

In a joint business Paul Allen was engaged in technical ideas and promising developments, Gates appeared closer negotiations, contracts and other business communication. Yet the main issues pals decide together – sometimes as Gates confessed later, the debate continued for 6-8 hours at a time. Perhaps Allen’s thrust to science to the detriment of commerce was the cause of what later started his own company and has not been able to achieve the success that has made Microsoft. And this despite the fact that the company was represented by Paul Allen and markets the program, realizing the original and in their revolutionary ideas. However, it will be then, and for the joint brainchild of Allen and Gates’s finest hour came in 1980. That’s when IBM asked the not too big and not particularly well-known Microsoft’s proposal to adapt the number of programming languages ​​for use on a personal computer IBM PC, which was supposed to be on the market in 1981. During the negotiations, it became clear that IBM representatives were not averse to find and artist who contracted to develop an operating system for a new computer. Miss this opportunity was not in the rules by Microsoft, and partners agreed. Just do not think that friends were too overconfident, hand in developing ‘OSes “, so to speak, from scratch. Then I had a little trick – Allen and Gates know where you can buy almost ready operating system. Tim Paterson (Tim Paterson), who worked in Seattle Compute Products, had already developed the Q-DOS (Quick Disk Operating System – fast disk operating system) for 16-bit processors Intel. The trick lies in the fact that during the negotiations on the acquisition of Q-DOS in any case it was impossible to understand the sellers that Allen and Gates already has a buyer for the system. Gates, as the main negotiator, had to sweat over it, but the combination of brilliant success. However, purchased for less than 0 th. (According to some sources, per thousand. Other – per thousand.) The system had to be recycled, because she had to work on 8-bit processors. We must pay tribute to the enthusiasm for future billionaires trying to meet the deadline, they worked almost round the clock and, according to Allen himself, it was the day when they, along with Bill, without looking up, sat behind a computer 36 hours straight. And the partners had. But the focus was not that of PC-DOS (the first version of MS-DOS), the acquisition of which cost tens of thousands of dollars, IBM immediately paid 6 thousand. The main success was the fact that under the terms of the signed parties to the contract IBM took a commitment to sell computers with only PC-DOS, Microsoft while deducting the interest from each sold car. Allen made no mistake when evaluating the future prospects of the development of microprocessor technology, and Gates was a good negotiator, signed a contract, which is now lead managers as a textbook example of an error on the part of IBM.

Bill Gates about Paul Allen: “As we work together there were no serious disagreements. The only thing that brings some tension, so it’s something that I occasionally had to call Paul in the morning and remind you that already it would be nice to get up and go to work. “Allen could easily say that”life is good”because it is not in the least departed from his father’s parting words just deal with the fact that he really likes. But in 1982, intense and saturated working to limit the life of Allen suddenly changed dramatically. While in Paris, during a tour of Europe to advertise some products Microsoft, Allen felt bad. The reason was incomprehensible lump on his neck. Sex before being at something like that, but its strange sensations and deterioration blamed on fatigue. This time, things took a serious turn too … I had to go back to Seattle, where doctors put a depressing diagnosis – Hodgkin’s disease, a form of cancer. 22 months of radiotherapy produced results. The disease has receded, but the change itself Allen. As he later admitted:”In 30 years, face to face with death, you realize that it would be nice to do and things that previously never had time.” Allen left was 2 years – if at that time the disease does not give a relapse, treatment can be considered successful, if not … At first, Paul has continued to perform his duties at Microsoft, but in 1983 he parted with the company, retaining a considerable stake and a board seat.

will present a “breather”, or rather, anxiety and a painful two-year waiting period for the results of treatment, Allen used to communicate with family, reading, traveling, scuba diving and other worldly pleasures, who suddenly gained for him a special significance.

Fortunately, the disease has not given recurrence. “After all gone through I just felt in another place,”- says Paul Allen.”Time to live” – ​​was his motto. And Allen decided not to return to Microsoft. His fortune, which ran for a few billion dollars, it is possible to do so.

The disease and the ensuing recovery was awakened in Paul Allen dormant until the craving for beauty. He’s got a great collection of original Roman statues and collected at many of the works of the French Impressionists. Like a child playing with toy soldiers, Allen became the owner of two sports teams – he owned the Portland Trail Blazers, playing in the championship of the National Basketball League (NBA), and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He spent 2 million to build a sports complex in Seattle, known as the “Pink Quarter”(Rose Quarter), and got his own plane. It carries Allen friends in the games of their teams to other cities and have time to bring them home to Seattle in time for the nightly newscast.”Nice guy,”Paul Allen could afford it. Just as he sometimes can not afford, and other quirks. For example, in August 2001, the global news agency reported extravagant voyage Allen St. Petersburg. Company he was about two hundred western VIP-persons, among whom were movie stars and the main actors of the world of business and the arts, including Sir Paul McCartney and Tom Hanks. How enthusiastically telling their readers and listeners secular chroniclers, invitations were placed in a box of polished wood, within each of which the atlas purple-gold imperial colors reclined egg made of precious stones – a copy of Faberge. But do invitations were written on parchment, and placed in boxes. Guests were invited to come to the nearest airport – in London”Heathrow”, or the New York airport “Kennedy”- to choose from a private jet took them to Helsinki, and from there to the entire company in a private plane Boeing Paul Allen moved to St. Petersburg. Final destination was the luxury cruise ship”Navigator of the Seven Seas”docked in the harbor of St. Petersburg, where each guest accommodation at a cost of 00 per night. As we found out the same ubiquitous reporters cultural program of entertainment activities included a visit to a sailing ship, a helicopter ride to the Estonian capital and back, private tour of the Hermitage and other no less entertaining entertainment. And it was not the first such”walk”, organized by Allen. He has invited his guests to cruise Alaska, which cost 6.3 million pounds, and organized no less fascinating trip to Venice.

Allowing himself sometimes extravagant behavior, Allen is no stranger to charity, and, in part, the reason lies in the experienced Paul illness. The man, who visited the brink of destruction, differently about money, realizing that in life there are other values. Allen donates significant funds to hospitals and research funds, engaged in the fight against AIDS and cancer. It finances in Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and in 1988 passed the million Washington University to organize the library named Allen, named in memory of his father, who once headed the university library. Since the mid-90s when the US Congress refused to finance the program SETI SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), Allen provides financial assistance to astronomers engaged in a difficult search for brothers on reason. Allenovskaya philanthropy extends to the museum institution. The very good guitar player (he even recorded an album with his rock band Grown Men), Paul Allen is a passionate fan of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. For this reason, in his hometown of Seattle, Allen opened a grand and everything is not like a museum of rock music, later developed into an independent project – Experience Music Project ( In the spring of 2001, the Web was reported that, with reference to the note in the newspaper Seattle Times, said that someone bought the space where in 1975, Allen and Gates started to build the present empire of Microsoft. And although the buyer wished to remain anonymous, there is reason to believe that it was precisely Paul Allen – the space was purchased by a company registered at Paul Allen’s lawyer. So, it is quite possible that in the coming years, Allen gave the world another museum, spent for the benefit of society and their own pleasure for another part of his enormous fortune.

However, no matter how great the state, it will certainly end if not to make the money work. And Paul Allen understands this. However, it creates a company specializing in innovation and advanced technology, it does not always bring a high income. Even in 1985, Allen founded Asymetrix, the main focus of which was to be the creation of application development tools. Moreover, these development tools were supposed to be so simple that they could enjoy even people who are not too versed in programming. ToolBook, Asymetrix, p>

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