It’s been more than a month that I want to write about Paul Allen, one of Microsoft co-founders. It made me very sad that the society of technology lost one of the most important and effective persons who helped spark the microcomputer revolution and made largest PC software companies with Bill Gates. Allen was the founder, with his sister Jody Allen, and Chairman of Vulcan Inc., the privately-held company that managed his various business and philanthropic efforts.
In 2014, Allen pledged at least $100 million toward the fight to end the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, making him the largest private donor in the Ebola crisis. He also created a website called TackleEbola.org as a way to spread awareness as well as serve as a way donors could fund projects in need. The site additionally highlighted organizations working to stop Ebola that Allen supported such as International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Médecins Sans Frontières, Partners in Health, UNICEF and World Food Program USA.
Paul Allen along with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak was one four people who made it possible for everyone to have a personal computer. The reason I can write this blog or even communicate with people online while sitting in my home is Paul Allen. As Bill Gates says:
“he did almost everything on BASIC”
Paul Allen was one the persons who made it possible for us to be a programmer or at least have requirements to be a programmer.
This post is in the memory of Paul Allen, 1953 - 2018, Microsoft co-founder and a life-changer.