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Niall Harbison’s maritime memories of a Microsoft mogul with a big heart

21st October, 2018
Paul Allen (left), who died last week, and Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975

The recent death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen brought back some fond memories for Ireland’s own tech disruptor Niall Harbison.

In a previous life Harbison, who started the more modestly successful but very popular Lovin Media Group, was Allen’s personal chef aboard his 400-foot floating palace, Octopus.

“I think it was more the way he led his life rather than words,” Harbison says of how Allen inspired him. “He’d have U2...

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