Paul Allen helped Bill Gates hack their school computers for a good cause, to meet girls

We just passed Valentine’s Day, but we just spotted an interesting story about the Microsoft co-founder love life. Did you know that the young Bill Gates used his hacking tricks to meet with girl schoolmates? That’s what Gates revealed in a interview with BBC spotted by our colleagues at Business Insider .

Gates met future Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at private Lakeside School in Seattle, and even if Allen was 2 years ahead of Gates in school back then, they soon became friends as they were both passionate about computers. Even better, hacking into school computers was a hobby they had in common.

But like all young nerds that may find it hard to socialize with girls, Gates told the BBC that the team found a way to put these hacking skills to good use, as they enrolled Gates into classes where he was the only boy. However, things didn’t turn out the way Gates would have hoped, as he explained:

“Paul did the computer scheduling with me. Unfortunately for him he was two years ahead of me and he was off to college by then. So I was the one who benefited by being able to have the nice girls at least sit near me. It wasn’t that I could talk to them or anything — but they were there. I think I was particularly inept at talking to girls, or thinking, ‘OK — do you ask them out, do you not?’ When I went off to Harvard I was a little bit more sociable. But I was below average on talking to girls.”

It’s kind of reassuring to learn that the future Microsoft co-founder who went to became the richest man in the world wasn’t gifted with all talents from the start. Hacking your way into girls classes may be impressive, but you can’t hack social relationships, as the young Gates found out. Anyway, feel free to listen to the full Bill Gates interview on the BBC website, you will certainly learn a lot of interesting things about him.

 

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