theodp writes "Had Bill Gates' school not provided him with access to a mainframe computer at a young age, explained Outliers, Microsoft would never have happened. So, as Friday's Google Doodle celebrated the Montessori education its co-founders received, it's worth mentioning that one big opportunity Sergey Brin credited for his own success was being able to program a computer at school at a young age. 'The school had an Apple II,' recalled a thankful Brin of the Montessori school he attended from age 6-11. So, if Google remade It's a Wonderful Life with Randy Wigginton — who collaborated with Woz to bring the world the Apple II — as George Bailey, Clarence could show Wigginton that without his work on the Apple II, Pottersville (aka Mountain View) would have no $224 billion cap Google. But there was no happy ending for George Bailey 2.0. Wigginton — the guy who got Sergey programming at Montessori school — was reportedly fired from his Google job for breaking the good news of Google's $1,000 Holiday Bonus in 2009, a move that would do Mr. Potter proud."