[00:03.48]Academic life was fascinating.
[00:06.27]I used to sit in on lots of classes that I hadn't even signed up for.
[00:11.50]And dorm life was terrific.
[00:14.03]I lived up at Radcliffe, in Currier House.
[00:19.49]There were always lots of people in my dorm room late at night discussing things,
[00:24.42]because everyone knew I didn't worry about getting up in the morning.
[00:30.49]That's how I came to be the leader of the anti-social group.
[00:34.32]We clung to each other as a way of validating our rejection of all those social people.
[00:41.07]Radcliffe was a great place to live.
[00:43.54]There were more women up there,
[00:45.47]and most of the guys were science-math types.
[00:49.11]That combinaton offered me the best odds,
[00:52.03]if you know what I mean.
[00:52.58]That is where I learned the sad lesson that
[00:59.41]improving your odds doesn't guarantee success.
[01:02.44]One of my biggest memories of Harvard came in January 1975,
[01:10.52]when I made a call from Currier House to a company in Albuquerque
[01:16.28]that had begun making the world's first personal computers.
[01:22.00]I offered to sell them software.
[01:24.58]I worried that they would realize I was just a student in a dorm and hang up on me.
[01:31.00]Instead they said:"We're not quite ready, come to see us in a month,"
[01:35.35]which was a good thing,
[01:37.14]because we hadn't written the software yet.
[01:41.25]From that month, I worked day and night on that extra credit project
[01:46.44]that marked the end of my college education
[01:50.03]and the beginning of a remarkable journey with Microsoft.