Microsoft CEO and cofounder Bill Gates
The 1970s are widely regarded as the decade that software companies started to come into their own. Here are the major people and personalities behind the growth of the software industry.
This first photo features Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen. He is, arguably, the most well-known founder of a software company of all time.
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