“My best business decisions really have to do with picking people. Deciding to go into partnership with Paul Allen is probably at the top of the list. And then, subsequently, hiring a friend, Steve Balmer.

Having somebody who you totally trust, who is totally committed, who shares your vision and yet has a little bit different set of skills and also acts as a check on you.

Some of the ideas you come up with you run by them, because you know they’re going to say ‘Hey, wait a minute, have you thought about this and that?’

Just the benefit of sparking off with somebody who’s got that kind of brilliance, it’s not only made it fun, but it’s really led to a lot of success.

So, picking a partner is crucial.”

      — Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft.