The greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform, said Bill Gates.
- Bill Gates recently attended an event hosted for the founders of Village Global.
- Billl Gates said that one of his biggest mistakes was to allow Google to develop Android.
- Bill Gates also shared his views on work-life balance and tips to making a company successful.
Android and iOS are two of the most widely used mobile operating systems right now. While iOS is restricted to iPhones, Android today is running on virtually almost every smartphone that isn’t an iPhone – making it one of the most widely used mobile operating systems in the world right now. While some of you might think that the mobile OS world doesn’t exist beyond the iOS and Android but not so long ago, Microsoft had its own mobile OS running on the Windows phones. But the market never took off and the Redmond, Washington based tech giant in 2017 announced end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. This was a big blow for Microsoft — a company that has been ruling the personal computer universe since…well…forever.
So, it came as no surprise when Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed that one of his biggest mistakes (and perhaps even the greatest regrets) of all times was to allow Google to develop Android, which as describes as “the standard non-Apple phone form platform”.
“You know, in the software world, in particular for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So, you know, the greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, [meaning] Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” Gates said in a statement to Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz at an event hosted for the founders of by the venture capital firm Village Global, as reported by TechCrunch.
Apart from talking about his biggest regret, Gates also talked about work-life balance. But in case you were hoping to get few tips from the billionaire philanthropist on getting your own life in order, don’t bother as Gates doesn’t believe in the concept of work-life balance or taking vacations. “For my particular makeup – and it really is true that I didn’t believe in weekends; I didn’t believe in vacations,” he told Hartz.
“I have a fairly hardcore view that there should be a very large sacrifice made during those, those early years, particularly if you’re trying to do some engineering things that you have to get the feasibility,” he added.
Interestingly, the Microsoft also shared a key tip for making a startup a grand success. Gates in his conversation with Hartz said during the initial years of a company it is essential to have a team that is “pretty maniacal about the company”.
“But yes, it is nice if during those first several years, you have a team that has chosen to be pretty maniacal about the company, and how far that goes, you should have a mutual understanding, so you’re not one person expecting one thing, and another person expecting another thing,” he added.
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