Believe it or not, there was actually a time when the richest man and most valued philanthropist in the world struggled to earn an honest buck. Despite his first business venture, Traf-O-Data—a device that read traffic tapes and processed the data—failing miserably due to its unreliable performance, that didn’t stop the software kingpin from moving ahead with his grand vision. Already taking a huge chance by dropping out of college to pursue his dream, Gates set off his personal computer initiative by applying some of his experiences from Traf-O-Data, while borrowing concepts from other tech companies and innovators to create one of Microsoft’s earlier products. Knowing the legal circumstances that stood to come from these moves, Gates felt the payoff would take care of the legalities and history was written from then on.