Complementary Skills

Updated : August 5, 2019

  • The success of a company or a product often requires complementary skills.
  • Three examples are provided.


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  • Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, passed away at the age of 65. He had the technical expertise.
  • Bill Gates had the business acumen to turn Paul Allen’s ideas into products.
  • The two were complementary.


  • Steve Wozniak is fondly called Woz (Wizard of Oz). He built the microcomputer and wanted to give it free to the members of the Home Brew Computer Club. After retiring from Apple, he returned to school under an assumed name.
  • Steve Jobs had the business acumen and persuaded Woz to form Apple Computers.
  • The two were complementary.


  • Oscar Hammerstein wrote beautiful lyrics.
  • Richard Rodgers was a talented composer.
  • The two were complementary.
    They combined their talents to produce hits for the Broadway and the movies.
    Their works include “Oklahoma”, “Sound of Music”, “South Pacific” and “My Fair Lady”.

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