Paul Allen

Idea Man
  • Idea Man

  • What's it like to start a revolution?
    How do you build the biggest tech company in the world?

    And why do you walk away from it all?

    Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft. Together he and Bill Gates turned an idea - writing software - into a company and then an entire industry. This is the story of how it came about: two young mavericks who turned technology on its head, the bitter battles as each tried to stamp his vision on the future and the ruthless brilliance and fierce commitment.

Paul Allen (1953-2018) was the billionaire technologist and philanthropist who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. He was also the chairman of Vulcan Inc. and founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. During his life he owned various sports teams including the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trail Blazers and co-owned the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team. He lived on Mercer Island, Washington and died in 2018 from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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