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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Pirates of the Silicon Valley

A recent addition to my top movies list is Pirates of the Silicon Valley. The movie is based on rise of Apple Computers and Microsoft and has perfectly captured the Bill Gates's shrewd busienss acumen. It also makes you realise why he is the richest man in the world when it could easily have been Steve Jobs. If nothing else it just reaffirmed my belief of "do whatever it takes" ideology in business.

The reason I am writing about this is because a friend of mine sent me a newspaper article on how Bill Gates hasn't lost his busienss proclivity. Apparently, Microsoft beat Apple in filing a critical patent concerning portable audio players. Apple released the Ipod in November 2001 bbut waited to file a patent until July 2002. Meanwhile, Microsoft snuck in and filed for the patent in May 2002. According to the article, Apple has to pay microsoft close to $10 for every ipod it sells (sweetest way of making money). The patent is about menu system in a portable audio player. I am sure someone at Apple got fired over this.