Paul Allen: Working with Bill Gates like being in hell

Bill Gates
Bill Gates
“Paul Allen doesn’t give many interviews, but Microsoft’s famously eclectic co-founder recently decided to sit down with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl, to discuss his juicy new memoir, The Idea Man,” Amar Toor reports for Engadget.

“The memoir’s most intriguing (and controversial) revelations revolve around Allen’s personal and professional relationship with Gates, whom he described to Stahl as a gifted businessman with a penchant for being a total jerk,” Toor reports. “According to Allen, Gates would regularly engage in testy shouting matches with his Microsoft brethren, and wouldn’t hesitate to sling ‘personal verbal attacks’ against anyone who dared to disagree with him. Allen says he tolerated Gates’ explosions, for the most part, even though he desperately wanted to tell him that ‘working with you is like being in hell.'”

Toor reports, “The two hit a particularly rough patch after Gates allegedly plotted to squeeze Allen out of the company, not long after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma — an incident that spurred Allen to leave Microsoft, shortly thereafter.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Manny S.” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: ‘Tis not the least bit surprising that a thief currently trying to buy his way into heaven is a hellacious nightmare.


  1. God, in any number of names, glyphs or symbols, is simply a concept and an opiate for the masses. There is no heaven, no hell, no angels, no demons.
    Working for Gates probably was unpleasant – at least some times. Working for Jobs may not have always been a picnic.

  2. All of you who quickly discount the Bible out-of-hand might want to revisit your research. There are over 50,000 ancient manuscripts, many dating back to the time close to its time of writing that confirms the authenticity and consistency of what was written.

    In fact, if you studied how the Bible was passed on through an unbelievable painstaking scribal tradition, you would understand the uncommon lengths required for a scroll not to be destroyed.

    No other historical work had this level of copy protection. Even Shakespeare’s own works differ in greater degree between copies than does the Bible on a ratio basis. The consistency between ancient texts and fragments is so stunning that it sets itself apart from all other written work.

    The Bible contains important clues to ancient cultures and practices that are corroborated with other contemporary archeological finds. The precise detail of these clues could only be documented by someone who was there or lived in that time.

    While you may choose to believe the Bible of not, it is nonetheless a very relevant book. The principles of freedom and personal responsibility founded the very structure of our government and economy.

    Most successful business principles are based on Biblical values. So too with leadership. So too with relationships and marriage. So too with investing. So too in terms of moral character.

    I would suggest that many of us benefit from these Biblical principles that are taught as the norm in our culture without even realizing their source. Try living in countries that aren’t founded upon the same principles. You will either find widespread poverty, severe religious or political oppression, or an existence that is endured with little hope.

    Such genus doesn’t come from religious zealots or those who are intellectually bankrupt.

    1. Finally a voice of reason. We could even apply logic to the topic; if you can’t disprove a concept (i.e. God) then you have to accept that it may be valid. Claiming there to be no God would fall under omnipotence…

      The biggest problem is that God needs new P.R. people.

      Faith takes many forms; even evolution takes faith. (More than I can muster.)

      Unless one is truly all knowing then it is a crap shoot.

      Consider this, Jesus was either who he claimed, or a raving lunatic who was willing to die for his delusions. Judge the tree by its fruit.

  3. Can’t wait for Ballmer to write his bio. Excerpt will look like this:
    “Upon taking the stage, I looked out into the audience, and the word DEVELOPERS suddenly came out screaming from the depths of my soul…it felt good. I repeated it…and did so again, and again. It felt good. Then unexpectedly, my whole being became one with the moment, the audience, the chant. My body broke into wild uncontrollable dance moves I had never dreamed of. I was riding the emotions, and I knew this was a developer’s moment none of us would ever forget. ‘I LOVE THIS COMPANY!!’ rang out from the depths of my being. And as the sweat rolled from my underarms and chest down my shit into my fat pants—it felt good.”

  4. To all those saying working with jobs wasn’t a picnic either; we know that!
    Steve jobs has been taking criticism for that for over 30 years. Bill gates seems to get a free ride for this and it’s about time Mac haters can see their precious gates is cut from the same cloth as jobs. Except, ya know, without all the vision and desire for quality and taste.

    1. I didn’t think Steve got into shouting matches with everyone. I thought he was more the stealth Ninja who just removed the offending person from the payroll in a seemingly innocent elevator ride.

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