You be the JUDGE
This rag tag bunch changed the way the world computes. I'm told that this picture shows the original Micro Soft team. You can see some of thousands upon thousands of folks enjoying the fruits of their vision on the Microsoft site.
Would you have hired that 70's team? What kind of judgment or assumption (notorious blocks to creativity and innovation along with habit and fear) might you have reached if you were invited to join them in their adventure. People often ask, what's the matter with young people ... not much given an idea, permission and the opportunity reminds Marian Wright Edelman.
Being a bit of a long hair myself in the 70's, I don't think that the look would have stopped me, BUT I sure would have struggled with the idea of desktop computers, user friendly (?) operating systems and paperless letters.
The success of this band of dreamers reminds me of the Margaret Mead quote, "Never underestimate the ability of a small, dedicated group of people to change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has." We often think of this quote in terms of social justice and inclusion, as we should.
But that original team believed in a future that included useful personal computing and the whole world is now in debt, some might suggest in bondage, to their efforts AND now their charity.