Looking to turn a small idea into the next big thing? These Microsoft quotes will show you what it takes to climb to the top of the business ladder.

For aspiring entrepreneurs, as a company, Microsoft offers plenty of encouragement.

What started as a small business which built software for the Altair 8800 microcomputer is now one of the world’s biggest companies, with a market cap of more than half a trillion dollars.

That alone should be enough to convince you to trust your gut and follow your dreams. However, if not, these Microsoft quotes should do the trick:

Microsoft quotes: Putting Microsoft’s market dominance into words

Inspiring the future

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“You can make something big when young that will carry you through life. Look at all the big start-ups like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They were all started by very young people who stumbled on something of unseen value. You’ll know it when you hit a home run.” – Steve Wozniak

“To me, Microsoft is about empowerment. We are the original democratising force, putting a PC in every home and every desk.” – Satya Nadella

“Our industry doesn’t respect tradition – it only respects innovation.” – Satya Nadella

Founder’s vision

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“Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness.” – Bill Gates

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas, but the image is that they all come from the top. I’m afraid that’s not quite right.” – Bill Gates

Captured market

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“The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years.” – Steve Jobs

“There are people who don’t like capitalism, and there are people who don’t like PCs, but there’s no one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft.” – Bill Gates

“Grassroots techies – the most unknown people who write code and start companies that don’t make the headlines – hate, loathe and despise Microsoft. At technology conferences, it is the devil, or the guaranteed laugh line.” – Virginia Postrel

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