Sometimes it’s not just about the jobs you create

Year to Success had this inspiring thought:

Success is creating jobs and opportunity. Gates’
company, Microsoft, employs more than 50,000 people in
72 countries and regions.

This is the same Bill Gates who wrote in an internal memo:

If people had understood how patents would be granted
when most of today’s ideas were invented and had taken out patents,
the industry would be at a complete standstill today. … The solution
is patenting as much as we can. A future startup with no patents of
its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to
impose. That price might be high. Established companies have an
interest in excluding future competitors.

Yes, Bill Gates is basically _the_ face of IT. He’s the only
personality people outside the IT industry really hear about, really
get to know. And yes, Microsoft is pretty darn influential.

But gwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah… 50,000 people is a drop in the ocean.
Let’s talk about Microsoft’s ecosystem of partners and independent
service vendors. And let’s not just talk about what Microsoft
enables, but what they also squash.