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How did Bill Gates scale both a global business and a global philanthropy? He spotted an inflection point in history — and accelerated it, with a great idea, great timing and great partners. Because even Bill Gates doesn’t go it alone. In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Bill reflects with Reid on the founding and growth of Microsoft — how he not only spotted an inflection point (hello, PCs) but accelerated it to massive scale (forget PCs, let’s talk software platforms).

“Pick the toughest customers and meet their needs.”

— Bill Gates
About the guest:
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Bill Gates is an investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. A pioneer of the microcomputer revolution, he is the co-founder of Microsoft. He’s also the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the world.

About the host:
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Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Haben Girma is the first Deaf-Blind woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. She is a disability advocate and author of the autobiography “Haben.”

It’s not enough to just take advantage of inflection points, you have to accelerate those inflections if you want to achieve huge scale.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: How to accelerate history (Part 1)
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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