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Tribute to Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft

Aaye hai to jayege, raja rank fakir
Ek sihanshan chadi chale, ek bandhe janjir
आये है तो जायेंगे, राजा रंक फकीर |
एक सिंहासन चड़ी चले, एक बांधे जंजीर ||
Who has come will go, wheather he is a king or fakir(pauper)
One goes sitting on a throne and another goes tied in chains
Who is born in this world will certainly die, even if he spends huge amounts of wealth to save his life. We must therefore do good deeds so that our departure will be peaceful.

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, has died aged 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.He had revealed the disease’s return only two weeks ago, after previously being treated for it in 2009.He had said he and his doctors were “optimistic” about treatment.As per wikipedia, Paul Allen’s net worth is approx US $20 billion.

His Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said: “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends… Personal computing would not have existed without him.”

The Microsoft co-founder was diagnosed earlier in 2009 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer similar to the one that led to his early retirement from the software company in 1983.In 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Allen and Gates began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter. Allen came up with the original name of “Micro-Soft,” according to a 1995 Fortune magazine article.

In 1980, after Microsoft had committed to deliver IBM a disk operating system (DOS) for the original IBM PC, although they had not yet developed one, Allen spearheaded a deal for Microsoft to purchase QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System), written by Tim Paterson, who, at the time, was employed at Seattle Computer Products. As a result of this transaction, Microsoft was able to secure a contract to supply the DOS that would eventually run on IBM’s PC line. This contract with IBM proved the watershed in Microsoft history that led to Allen’s and Gates’ wealth and success.Allen effectively left Microsoft in 1982 after receiving a Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis.

Gates reportedly asked Allen to give him some of his shares to compensate for the higher amount of work being performed by Gates.According to Allen, Gates said since he “did almost everything on BASIC”, the company should be split 60–40 in his favor. Allen agreed to this arrangement, which Gates later attempted to amend to 64–36.In 1983, Gates tried to buy Allen out at $5 per share; however, Allen refused and left the company with his shares intact. This proved critical to Allen becoming a billionaire after Microsoft went public.

Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board of directors on November 9, 2000. He remained as a senior strategy advisor to the company’s executives

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