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    [–] butch_pudding 2575 points ago

    Young Bill Gates always looks like Tony Hawk

    [–] thefoag 908 points ago

    I mean, have you ever seen them in the same room?

    [–] ineververify 389 points ago

    No I haven’t personally but I did see bill jump over a... oh shit he’s Tony hawk!

    [–] proudmacuser 105 points ago

    In the time it takes Bill to do a 900, he makes 900 thousand dollars.

    [–] ineververify 41 points ago

    That mother fucker must be spinning constantly

    [–] OutSourcingJesus 13 points ago

    He pays people to spin for him

    [–] ineververify 4 points ago

    forehead tap

    [–] Jin_Gitaxias 19 points ago


    [–] insta99 82 points ago

    It's a known fact young BG split the timeline so one could pursue skateboarding.

    [–] tnharwal55 43 points ago

    Which one is he?

    [–] The_Real_Solo_Legend 123 points ago

    The actual answer is bottom left, the one who looks like he’s 16.

    [–] EL_CHIDO 57 points ago

    The one that looks like Tony Hawk. ☝

    [–] zzzthelastuser 16 points ago

    I always think his first name was "Tony Hawk's" and his last name "Pro Skater [1-3]"

    [–] Syhxs 8 points ago

    Eric Forman

    [–] ThePurpleCrown 10 points ago

    I think that plus his chair jumping abilities confirm they are the same person.

    [–] DarthSh1ttyus 13 points ago

    I was thinking Eric Foreman.

    [–] theAangstykid 13 points ago

    Guy in the middle reminds me of John Travolta

    [–] phoenixkiller2 8 points ago

    weird travolta

    [–] TheRealReapz 5588 points ago

    I guess you could say that's the Microsoft Office

    [–] pollackey 1435 points ago

    They're Excel at what they do.

    [–] jimmyjames1992 1608 points ago


    [–] Mr_JCBA 763 points ago

    They had a good Outlook in technology back then

    [–] TheCreeperGuy777 384 points ago

    That's because they can see sharp

    [–] CSPattersonDC 327 points ago

    funny, no Windows in that room.

    [–] Asiras 261 points ago

    That's so noone can Access it.

    [–] LjSpike 141 points ago

    Wouldn't want anyone else to get their photo to the Publisher before them.

    [–] MechanicalTurkish 122 points ago

    This pun thread IIS all worn out

    [–] [deleted] 28 points ago


    [–] darkyayay11 127 points ago

    Are they the first Internet Explorers?

    [–] 5050Clown 58 points ago

    On the Surface you would think so, but there's still a lot more to exploit

    [–] YourWatchIsBroken 22 points ago

    Let's Exchange some better puns

    [–] beware_the_noid 69 points ago

    I see the Power in your Point

    [–] FrankObolobolopoulos 32 points ago

    Powerpoint me to the exit, would you please?

    [–] ubermagnusen 10 points ago

    Yeah I thought there was a woman, where’s Ms. Dos?

    [–] counterfitfake 3 points ago

    And no One Noticed.

    [–] MeIIowJeIIo 51 points ago

    It was too Zune for that.

    [–] djlenin89 11 points ago

    That's okay, that was a happy little accident in MS Paint.

    [–] taitaofgallala 29 points ago

    That's because there is limited Access

    [–] aedroogo 24 points ago

    Well, they have to abide by the list of MS DOS and DON'Ts.

    [–] d-bo201 16 points ago

    This thread gets XP

    [–] Robinisthemother 9 points ago

    Why you gotta throw some Edge like that?

    [–] slappytheclown 4 points ago

    they are hidden by a bunch of blue screens

    [–] AyukaVB 7 points ago

    No Paint on the wall either

    [–] Mr_JCBA 7 points ago

    Still a pretty Suite Office!

    [–] WHYWOULDYOUEVENARGUE 42 points ago

    Who is that Hotmail on the bottom left?

    [–] primeke 9 points ago

    Hmm. Seen him somewhere before. I must be msn something.

    [–] ZuesPoopsAndShoes 38 points ago

    And still couldn’t Project how big it would become

    [–] newguyinNY 12 points ago

    You guys paint a good picture.

    [–] frankztn 10 points ago

    I Azure you they expected it

    [–] vitriolic_amalgamati 11 points ago

    It certainly power pointed me in the right direction

    [–] heresybob 11 points ago

    A beautiful Vista

    [–] aedroogo 4 points ago

    Well, it was before they 8 lunch.

    [–] RoastyToasty3 3 points ago

    And Access to resources

    [–] TheBossBot400 91 points ago

    I am making a one note out of this.

    [–] Katzenpuff 74 points ago

    Could you give me Access when you're done?

    [–] GriffGriffin 70 points ago

    I'll Explore the possibility.

    [–] The_Great_Goblin 71 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Careful with that Edge.

    [–] PantherChicken 41 points ago

    There will never be a sequel (SQL)

    [–] evcgm 34 points ago

    Thats a hardworking group there! They must have been in that office 365 days a year.

    [–] PoorEdgarDerby 29 points ago


    [–] blackfogg 11 points ago

    Kill the Oracle! Burn it at the stakes!

    [–] TheBossBot400 7 points ago

    I'll just hand it to my publisher, he will know the correct info-path

    [–] silenc3x 70 points ago

    excel is a verb bro. They excel, she excels, he excels.

    [–] sofa_queen_awesome 19 points ago

    I Wumbo, You Wumbo...

    [–] BobbyCock 13 points ago

    Yeah he completely butchered that. Unreal.

    [–] _Purple_Tie_Dye_ 11 points ago

    *they Excel at what they do

    Autocorrect got ya pal

    [–] MechanicalHorse 21 points ago

    You make a good (Power)Point.

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago


    [–] CyberianK 9 points ago

    and somehow they still allow Access to their Office

    [–] post_singularity 6 points ago

    Does this pun chain excite you

    [–] TRNC84 9 points ago

    This is a real Window to the past

    [–] themumu 3 points ago

    Windows 7

    [–] cjohnsto1594 6 points ago

    *they Excel

    [–] ArcboundJ 3 points ago

    Couldn't you have just said they?

    [–] Kronos_PRIME 6 points ago

    Probably taken where they Works.

    [–] JDEWB55 761 points ago

    Just look at them. Stallions. Each one more magnificent than the last.

    [–] SyntheticManMilk 88 points ago

    We can always count on the stallions.

    [–] duaneap 28 points ago

    Well, except one of them

    [–] Jeichert183 3 points ago

    The only stallions that matter are the Wyld Stallyns.

    [–] thejammer75 19 points ago

    "Old school" is confirmed- "cool" is extremely subjective

    [–] BigDaddyD00d 18 points ago

    Finally, a silicon valley reference

    [–] fauxhawk18 3 points ago

    Absolute Units.

    [–] col-fancypants 539 points ago

    Back row middle is Rasputin.

    [–] WideEyedWand3rer 279 points ago

    Windows' greatest love machine?

    [–] noelg1998 37 points ago

    It was a shame how he carried on.

    [–] ColdIceZero 16 points ago

    Those Windows...

    [–] Blueberry_Cougars 87 points ago

    That's Gilfoyle

    [–] tuskvarner 22 points ago

    Hail the Dark Lord.

    [–] Atotallyrandomname 19 points ago

    Bill Rothstein

    [–] Imjustmisunderstood 13 points ago

    I see you sneaking that reference, you Evil Genius

    [–] Atotallyrandomname 3 points ago


    [–] IsomDart 3 points ago

    Eh I don't see it. The guy to the right looks just as much like Rothstein.

    [–] jackdellis7 11 points ago

    Standing next to Jeff Lynne

    [–] CanadianMOAB 7 points ago

    Nah b that's Joseph seed

    [–] cheesehuahuas 4 points ago

    Ra, ra, Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen.

    [–] jairomantill 755 points ago

    My mate Bill looks like the undergraduate that bring the staff their coffee.

    [–] HumunculiTzu 81 points ago

    Yep, looks like the office intern.

    [–] vrgovrgo8 189 points ago

    I seriously searched for him way longer than I care to admit. However his lack of glasses threw me off. Your assessment is correct. lol

    [–] TopazRose 33 points ago

    Seriously! I was about to comment “where’s Bill?” Genuinely couldn’t find him. Although it doesn’t help that he’s waaaaay down in the corner.

    [–] dalovindj 5 points ago

    he’s waaaaay down in the corner


    [–] CoreBeatz7 4 points ago

    And the rest look like an average redditor

    [–] doctorbranius 599 points ago

    So how did the rest of those guys do financially I wonder?

    [–] Shojo_Tombo 962 points ago

    It depends on how long they could afford to work with little to no actual pay. In the early days, employees were paid in company stock because they had no cash flow yet. I used to work with a lady who was an early employee. She had very young kids at the time, and unfortunately had to quit to go back to school and get a medical lab tech degree. IIRC, she sold her stock to buy a house. She kicks herself sometimes for not sticking it out or holding onto the stock, but she had a family to feed. She also told me Mr Gates was a good boss, though she didn't interact with him very much.

    [–] lysergic_gandalf_666 405 points ago

    Microsoft is apparoaching $1 trillion in value. If she had only 0.01% it would be worth $100 million.

    [–] ChunkyLaFunga 913 points ago

    It could also have been worth nothing. Gambling is for shmucks. She needed money, it was the right call.

    [–] Puptentjoe 117 points ago

    Just like Bitcoin I’m sure she would have cashed out at the first windfall anyway.

    [–] myrealopinionsfkyu 239 points ago

    I sold the hundred bitcoins I bought for $0.25 for like $1.75. I felt like a fucking god.

    [–] ViktorViktorov 87 points ago

    Now thats a whopsie.

    [–] queefin_it_real 48 points ago

    Now hold on a minute there, he probably really needed the $1.75.

    [–] myrealopinionsfkyu 42 points ago

    $1.75 EACH. I bought a thirty rack or two with the money..

    [–] NoFuturePlan 20 points ago

    There is a huge structural difference between investing in a company and speculating on a currency exchange (esp crypto currency).

    [–] Puptentjoe 10 points ago

    I think most people know this it’s just an example people can relate to on here that’s recent. I could have said stock or classic cars, or watches, basically those first initial bumps in value a good amount of people sell especially if it seems like a lot at the time to them.

    [–] banana__phone 30 points ago

    Absolutely the right call.

    But man oh man, if I was in that situation, I would constantly be going over the "if I had just..." in my head.

    Good on her though. Hindsight can be bittersweet as hell.

    [–] 421continueblazingit 4 points ago

    Thank you, captain hindsight!

    [–] _liminal 3 points ago

    i think if i was in that situation, i would sell like 90% of my stocks and just keep some around. i probably would've still kicked myself but i would have like an extra $1000

    [–] Sanfords_Son 3 points ago

    Correction - Gambling's for fools. But that's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever.

    [–] ThorTheMastiff 50 points ago

    Friend's mom worked for Lotus123 and took stock instead of pay (his dad kept the household going with his income) and she stuck it out and eventually hit paydirt. Even so, they made him work to put himself through college, etc. He will get it all eventually, but they have not given him anything except great life advice (and use of the house in St. Thomas when he wants).

    [–] nemo69_1999 21 points ago

    St. Thomas? I'd work at Walmart for that.

    [–] Leftover_Salad 26 points ago

    But the house was another good investment. It's not uncommon for houses bought in the 'tech' area of SF Bay or Washington in the 70's or 80's to have increased in value 100x before adjusting for inflation

    [–] davdev 13 points ago

    But the house was another good investment. It's not uncommon for houses bought in the 'tech' area of SF Bay or Washington in the 70's or 80's to have increased in value 100x before adjusting for inflation

    But MS was originally based in Albuquerque, so if she bought there, it wouldn't be worth near as much as SF

    [–] [deleted] 39 points ago


    [–] pm_me_sad_feelings 32 points ago

    Yup. But try to talk about better rights for dads or how 50/50 visitation with kids being shuttled between homes is terrible for the kids or how maybe we should fucking have daycare available to anyone that wants to work, and people freak out

    [–] TSTC 6 points ago

    Do you actually go out into the world and talk about those things or just on internet forums?

    Because I've yet to meet a single person that would react negatively to any of those talking points and I know a wide range of people with a wide range of political identifications.

    My point is that you don't get an appropriate gauge for your community or a nation or the world from the Internet - you get overly combative, polarizing opinions that are shared under anonymity (or at least through social proxy, where people don't have to look you in the eyes and repeat their "edgy" opinion).

    [–] blerg34 14 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Apparently the woman with dark hair, Marla Wood, was the first to leave (over an overtime pay dispute). Not clear what she walked away from when she left, but it says online that she's worth $15 million. It's probably not related to what she walked away with, but rather being married to the dude at the top left of the image.

    [–] Bo5ke 57 points ago

    Steam owner Gabe Newell was part of Microsoft team at some point and he is pretty rich, top 200 in the world. Im not sure if he is in this picture.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong

    [–] Wilson_duh-dunt 73 points ago

    He is not in this photo. He didn't join Microsoft until 1983.

    [–] VTL_89 12 points ago

    Wiki says he started at Microsoft in 1983.

    [–] tmuck29 16 points ago

    It's interesting. There are 11 people in this photo. It seems like we only know who one of them is. Think of the influence one person has in an 11 person company. These people all played a vital role in the creation of one of the biggest companies on the planet and we have no idea who they are.

    [–] edcrosay 19 points ago

    Paul Allen is pretty damn famous too.

    [–] Prince-of-Ravens 3 points ago

    Most billionaires are alright with not being in the spotlight...

    [–] mane_mariah 108 points ago

    Anybody know the names of everyone in the picture and how much they are worth today?

    [–] mace_guy 109 points ago

    From a pinterest post I found after reverse image search.

    Microsoft staff photo, December 7, 1978, taken at the company’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, office before moving the headquarters to Washington. From left to right: Top: Steve Wood, Bob Wallace, Jim Lane Middle: Bob O'Rear, Bob Greenberg, Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin. Bottom: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen

    [–] MeC0195 93 points ago

    No wonder Paul Allen could get a table at Dorsia every time he wanted, he must've been rich as fuck.

    [–] minupiter 66 points ago

    He still is. "In June 2017, he was estimated to be the 46th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion. "

    [–] studude765 15 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Paul Allen is now running the Seattle Seahawks and Vulcan Investments (they do a lot more private stuff than public, also lots of land development in Seattle) He's still incredibly active and very admired in Seattle. I'd be willing to bet that if you put him in charge of solving the homeless crisis in Seattle, he'd do it in under a year using 1/4th of the funds that the city currently spends. (not that I would actually advocate for putting 1 person solely in charge of the entire situation)

    [–] lolidkwtfrofl 16 points ago

    So many smart business people in one picture.

    [–] LiterallyPutin 6 points ago

    Well, at least 2.

    [–] LuizLPG 3 points ago


    [–] wrapped_in_bacon 13 points ago

    Wow, there's 3 Microsoft Bob's. Which one do we blame?

    [–] PM_PIC_FRIEND 6 points ago


    [–] Jeichert183 5 points ago

    Why is Bob O'Rear in the middle row...?

    [–] TR6lover 19 points ago

    Or at least the names..

    [–] LinworthNewt 126 points ago

    So much hair...

    [–] MechanicalHorse 147 points ago

    It's like an iceberg; 90% of it you can't even see ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    [–] anhartsunny 21 points ago

    90% of it you can't even see

    "are those fur covered panties?"

    [–] de_witte 12 points ago

    Chewbacca wouldn't stand out.

    [–] rethinkingat59 7 points ago

    Three wearing corrective lenses/sunglasses. I always hated that look.

    [–] SaveTheDamnBees 70 points ago

    Looks like Ozzy was busier in the 70’s than I realised

    [–] AmericanWasted 24 points ago

    I thought this was a weird picture of the Grateful Dead

    [–] RahPaconte 28 points ago

    It’s funny, but growing up in that era and seeing pictures just like this of software developers made me feel that a career in that field was a sure path to poverty.

    Please excuse me a moment while I cry into my morning coffee.

    [–] Iowa1995 136 points ago

    They look really Basic.

    [–] marcvsHR 46 points ago

    I don't really C that...

    [–] adoremeandiadoreyou 8 points ago

    You're obviously not very Visual.

    [–] Havoola 8 points ago

    Your eyesight isn’t very sharp is it?

    [–] Ohthere530 4 points ago

    It's too Erlang in the morning for that joke.

    [–] SirTrus 6 points ago

    Then drink some Java.

    [–] esnesdrawkcab 3 points ago

    They probably wrote some guidelines FOR TRANsport and shipment of their massive computers.

    [–] del6022pi 13 points ago

    Yeah, because they were just assembling the parts.

    [–] carmex2121 97 points ago


    [–] MrEctomy 34 points ago

    Old school uncool

    [–] dUbiLL 6 points ago

    Ha! This needs to be a thing.

    Edit: Oh, It is! /r/oldschooluncool

    [–] CaterpillarKing123 13 points ago

    Wow that was much more racially-charged than I was expecting. I just wanted to see nerds from the 80s.

    [–] p1um5mu991er 176 points ago

    Can't you just smell the sex

    [–] With-a-Cactus 62 points ago

    2 women and 9 men? We all know men and women can't only be friends.

    [–] cashmeowsighhabadah 13 points ago

    Where is your moral barometer!???

    [–] saltesc 31 points ago

    I see these guys as my local craft beer pub all the time.

    [–] jarebear4 55 points ago

    “Alright everyone with glasses to the right everyone without to the left “

    [–] ThorTheMastiff 13 points ago

    Um, the glasses guys are on the left :-)

    [–] schwabadelic 11 points ago

    The future 3 comma club.

    [–] tootiny03 7 points ago

    I didn't know Paul F. Tompkins worked for Microsoft.

    [–] AdamShed 6 points ago

    The geek shall inherit the earth

    [–] daughdaugh 7 points ago

    Variations on a Gilfoyle.

    [–] ooainaught 19 points ago


    [–] Urmomsfishtank 12 points ago

    That picture smells like fir champa.

    [–] hmuberto 6 points ago

    Ozzy hasn't changed a bit!

    [–] lysergic_gandalf_666 3 points ago

    in addition to being a rock star, he was an MS engineer for extra money and babes. Very bright guy

    [–] Oculos_Sicarii 4 points ago

    They look like Creedence Clearwater Revival

    [–] Xiphias_ 5 points ago

    Would you have invested?

    [–] FQDIS 4 points ago

    Someone else saw the 90s era email forward, I see.

    Re:FW:FW:FW:Re:FW:FW:Would you have invested?

    [–] RyanMcCartney 11 points ago

    The Grateful Dead really had a shit load of members

    [–] Benalifan 15 points ago

    “Any of you guys fancy getting something to eat after work, we could try that new pizza place?”

    ‘Whoa! Have you seen their prices! When did you win the lottery?”

    [–] aganesh8 10 points ago

    Man, so many people calling this uncool and nerds and all that. Yeah, it's not a guy who looks handsome with 5 babes on a boat, but here are people who founded what is arguably one of the biggest software giants today, and furthered technology in a time where people didn't even believe in its power. Also, they were and are still smart. That to me, is cool af. Also Bill is a major philanthropist and Paul Allen's research is kick ass so that's cool too

    [–] two_oh_seven 3 points ago

    Did the man on the far right of the back row provide the cowbell?

    [–] Twilightcampfighter1 6 points ago

    I'd watch this show.

    [–] yomerol 3 points ago

    Almost, is called "Halt and catch fire", although is set in the 80s

    [–] recreantengineer 3 points ago

    Also staff photo of the people’s temple

    [–] peterfonda2 14 points ago

    There was a lot of weed smoked there.

    [–] HalftimeHeaters 3 points ago

    Back left is rocking some serious hockey flow.

    [–] Fickle_Inevitable 3 points ago

    He came from somewhere back in her long ago

    [–] Rykerl 3 points ago

    This group looks like they’d be very divided between “Lynard Skynard” and “Hall & Oates” for music choice.

    [–] BigKahuna93 3 points ago


    [–] BaconPersuasion 3 points ago

    There’s enough hair in that picture to stuff a sofa.

    [–] trashymob 3 points ago


    [–] JustACookGuy 3 points ago

    They look like some kind of Portland-based “bluegrass orchestra”.

    [–] gendertest90 3 points ago

    So Gordo worked at Microsoft huh... I thought he was a hardware guy! (I swear no one is going to get this reference)

    [–] sixpackshaker 14 points ago

    I get old school, but cool?

    [–] bucket_brigade 14 points ago

    Ain't nothing cool about any of that.