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I think everyone has seen this iconic photo and here is what became of those in the photo:

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What Happened to the People in Microsoft’s Iconic 1978 Company Photo
It’s one of the most iconic photos in American business. It’s one of the most iconic photos in American business. But whatever happened to Microsoft’s first 11 employees? We found out.

A ragtag group of bearded weirdos assembled for a family portrait in Albuquerque. Usually, there’s a question above the photo: “Would you have invested?”

It’s a trick question. You’re supposed to answer no – because well, look at those people – but then you learn it’s a company portrait of Microsoft from 1978.

It was taken just before the then startup left Albuquerque for Seattle. (Microsoft couldn’t find anyone willing to move to New Mexico.)

Early employee Bob Greenberg, pictured in the middle, won the free portrait after calling in a radio show and guessing the name of an assassinated president. The gang reluctantly gathered together in some of their finest attire, and American business legend was made.

We all know what happened with the two guys in the bottom left and bottom right corners — Bill Gates, and Paul Allen. But what about the rest? We saw the question pop up on Hacker News recently, and decided to find out.

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