What happened to the first Microsoft employees from 1978 photo
Microsoft is one of the most legendary American companies, and this is one of the most legendary group shots of the team. The motley youth has gathered for a group photo like family. It was in Albuquerque in 1978. If you saw this picture in Facebook or LinkedIn, would you invest money in such a company? A moot point. Surely you would immediately say "no", because - well, just look at them! On the other hand, then it turns out that this is a group portrait of the Microsoft team.One of the first employees of the company, Bob Greenberg, pictured in the center, won the opportunity to take a group photo in the studio by calling on the radio and guessing the name of the murdered president in a quiz. The company of colleagues gathered, dressed in the best, and the legend of American business was born. Most know what happened to the two guys in the lower left and lower right corners of the picture - Bill Gates and Paul Allen. But what happened to the others?
Bill Gates distributes billions earned by MicrosoftEveryone knows what happened to this guy. Bill Gates built Microsoft from scratch and turned it into the most expensive technology company. At the same time, he became the richest man in the world and now donates his fortune to all sorts of good things.
Andrea Lewis is a freelance writer and journalist.Andrea Lewis was the only employee of the company from Albuquerque. She was a technical writer at Microsoft, that is, she wrote documentation explaining the company's software. She quit Microsoft in 1983 and became a freelance journalist and writer. She owns part of the Hugo House in Seattle.
Maria Wood sued Microsoft two years laterMaria Wood was a Microsoft accountant and married another of the company's first employees, also pictured. She quit two years later, suing the company for sexual discrimination. Microsoft settled the case peacefully. After that, Wood disappeared from public attention, raising children and occasionally working as a volunteer.
Paul Allen has spent his billions on sports teams, start-ups and morePaul Allen is the most famous person in the photo after Bill Gates. The co-founder of Microsoft is ranked 40th in the ranking of the richest people in the world according to Forbes magazine. He owns the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team, the Seattle Seahawks football club, one of the world's biggest yachts and other interesting assets.
Bob O’Reere became a cattle farmerBob O’Rear was one of Microsoft’s most senior employees. He worked at NASA's mission control center when American astronauts landed on the moon. In Microsoft, he served as chief mathematician, and is credited with the merit of processing code in DOS and optimizing it for IBM personal computers. He left the company in 1993, moved to his native Texas and engaged in breeding livestock.
Bob Greenberg retired from Microsoft and worked in the doll company, Cabbage Patch KidsIt was Bob Greenberg who won the radio quiz show, thanks to which this group photo appeared. He left Microsoft in 1981, and before that he participated in the development of a new version of the Basic programming language. After that, he helped the family company Coleco create Cabbage Patch Kid dolls, which were a huge success. In 2008, he developed software for golf courses.
Mark MacDonald left Microsoft because the company became too large, but still returned to it.Mark MacDonald was the first employee to receive a salary, and he quit in 1984 because he didn’t like how big the company was. After leaving Microsoft, he got a job at another company under the direction of Paul Allen - Asymetrix. Then he got into the software maker of Seattle Design Intelligence, which Microsoft bought in 2000. So MacDonald was back at Microsoft. In 2011, he retired from the company for the second time and is now working in a Thunder startup that develops marketing software.
Gordon Letwin remained at Microsoft the longest, not counting Bill GatesGordon Letvin worked in the company until 1993, almost the longest who was in the picture (Gates was the longest). Letvin was a Microsoft programmer and left when he wanted to take a break from the grueling days at work in the company. Now he has a ranch in Arizona and runs the Wilburforce Foundation environmental charity with his wife, Rose.
Steve Wood founded Wireless Services CorporationSteve Wood is the husband of Maria Wood, who quit Microsoft and sued for sex discrimination. Steve left the company in 1980, but after that he collaborated with Paul Allen on several other projects.This is a keen businessman who now owns a software consulting company called Airnote and works as a volunteer in a fire brigade.
Bob Wallace was a fan of psychedelic drug research and also founded a software company after working at Microsoft.It seems that Bob Wallace was the most detached from the reality of the first employees of Microsoft. After leaving the company, he spent time and money researching psychedelic drugs. In addition, he founded a software company called Quicksoft. Bob died in 2002 from pneumonia.
Jim Lane has created his own software company.Jim Lane worked as a project manager and resigned in 1985. According to rumors, he announced his dismissal, saying that Microsoft has knocked out all his enthusiasm. Jim founded his own company, which also engaged in the production of software. While working at Microsoft, he helped forge a vital partnership with Intel for the company, without which Microsoft could not become a leader in the personal computer market.Above - the same snapshot of 1978, and below - it was recreated in 2008, when Bill Gates left the company.Since then, Gates has transferred the position of CEO to the 30th Microsoft employee Steve Ballmer. He, in turn, handed over the reins to Sathieu Nadelle in 2014. Of the first group of employees, only Bill Gates remained in the company, and then as the executive head of the board of directors and advisor to Nadella.