She was the first female president of King County's United Way, the first woman to chair the national United Way’s executive committee where she served most notably with IBM's CEO, John Opel, and the first woman on the First Interstate Bank of Washington's board of directors.
I don't also think other people have had the gut and attitude to negotiate a non exclusive agreement with IBM at that time.
But it's hard to argue that this didn't have any effect on the deal that basically made Microsoft.
We hear this repeated often, but how does it really work? It's impossible to do if everyone tries to follow this advice, because if you associate with people who are better than yourself, then they themselves being with you associate themselves with people worse than themselves.
It only works if we consider "better" in multiple dimensions; I associate with people who are better than me in a given dimension, while I'm better than them in some other dimension.
But then isn't it simply trivial / obvious that everyone is better at something and worse at something else?