Paul Allen leaves a lasting legacy both at Microsoft and in Seattle

An adult in the room

“MICROSOFT WOULD never have happened without Paul.” You would expect Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the world’s leading philanthropists, to say something like this after the death of Paul Allen, his former business partner, who died on October 15th following complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer. But without Mr Allen Microsoft might indeed never have become the world’s biggest software-maker. Nor would Seattle, near which the firm is based, be the city it is today.

It was Mr Allen who in late 1974 insisted that Mr Gates rush over to the news-stand to see the latest issue of Popular Electronics, a magazine, whose cover featured the Altair 8800, a new computer with a powerful chip—an event which inspired Mr Gates to leave Harvard University to start a company. It was Mr Allen who came up with the name...

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