Was Bill Gates an Innovator?
Jeff Jarvis over at BuzzMachine has interesting insights into the legacy of Bill Gates and what he did at Microsoft. Jarvis is far more critical of him as an "innovator" than the corporate managerial class, reflected in the BCG survey that made up The Most Innovative Companies cover we ran a few months back. Check it out.
Jarvis says that Gates was no inventor, visionary or innovator but an exploiter of other's ideas, starting with CP/M. Jarvis says "Gates took others’ innovations and turned them into products and profits. Every great invention needs a business genius to bring it to market. For software, that was Gates."
And then came the internet and Google, right?