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Intel's Former CEO (and First Hire) Andy Grove Dead at 79 38

The Verge reports the death at age 79 of former Intel CEO, Andy Grove, one of the best-known names in Silicon Valley, and in fact one of the people who are behind the fecund technological and business climate that made Silicon Valley a household name. Grove's professional life at Intel spanned five decades, beginning as a day-one, number-one hire, as director of engineering; he went on to serve as president, CEO, and chairman of the board, managing to write several books along the way; "Only the Paranoid Survive" is probably the best known. From The Verge's story: During Groves' tenure as CEO, Intel produced chips including the 386 and Pentium, which became name brands unto themselves and laid the groundwork for much of the personal computing era. "Andy approached corporate strategy and leadership in ways that continue to influence prominent thinkers and companies around the world," Intel Chairman Andy Bryant said in a statement. "He combined the analytic approach of a scientist with an ability to engage others in honest and deep conversation, which sustained Intel's success over a period that saw the rise of the personal computer, the Internet and Silicon Valley."
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Intel's Former CEO (and First Hire) Andy Grove Dead at 79

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  • Come on Tim, up your game.
    • People aren't used to the new regime here at Slashdot yet. Errors in submitted stories get corrected now!

      On the downside... people sometimes get modded down after pointing out these errors because the mods didn't see the original entry.

    • Without the massive contributions from pioneers such as Andy Grove there is no silicon valley

      Among the many quotes of Mr. Grove, I especially like:

      " Leading by example trumps everything else "

      " Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, Good companies survive them, Great companies are improved by them "

  • A remarkable man (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Monday March 21, 2016 @09:19PM (#51749163) Homepage Journal
    A true engineer. Not just a suit. He is really what a tech CEO should be.
    • Re:A remarkable man (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Archfeld ( 6757 ) <> on Monday March 21, 2016 @11:08PM (#51749755) Journal

      I heard him speak once a long time ago. He was truly one of a very few, a more than capable engineer who could also manage and deal with management 'types'. I have been lucky in my career to work for a couple of that type, and I must say it was a rare pleasure to talk to someone who understood what you were doing, and could get up from behind their desk and likely go do your job as well as you could. That kind of personality seems to have a short shelf life past a certain point in management. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

    • One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Andy Grove:

      How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but by how well we are understood.

      His presence will be missed.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 21, 2016 @09:21PM (#51749181)

    He was one of a few that made modern porn viewing possible. I will fap in his honor tonight to a plethora of bukkake and gangbang vids.

  • RIP (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lord Byron II ( 671689 ) on Monday March 21, 2016 @09:27PM (#51749227)

    He was a damn fine engineer, CEO, and businessman. We have lost one of cornerstones of the PC revolution.

  • A little levity on this sad day, considering Intel got its start in flash memory: []
  • by yayoubetcha ( 893774 ) on Monday March 21, 2016 @09:48PM (#51749329)

    I was fortunate enough to work at Intel when he was still President. He made one of the toughest decisions ever in business. It was to get out DRAM business (the business Intel created), and put all the effort behind the processor. Smart move.


    • I read one of his books, and a biography about him. A very interesting, insightful, and influential fellow.

      I wonder how much of a hand he had in shaping Intel's unique culture? I've had the opportunity to work with a number of people coming out of Intel and they have been some of the most focused and driven people I've ever worked with.

  • He did more... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 21, 2016 @10:05PM (#51749419)

    When Andy Grove contracted prostate cancer, he used his research skills and his notoriety to significantly advance prostate cancer awareness - not just in regular media but in business journals - suddenly breaking the barriers to open and frank discussion about this killer disease amongst men.

    The net result was that countless lives were saved because of him. RIP, Andy Grove.

  • I take it that his paranoia finally ran out?
  • Years ago I went to a presentation by Andy Grove where he said something I found very profound, but I've never seen quoted which I've always considered "Grove's law". I'll paraphrase it as "the cost of receivers equals the cost of the transmitter".

    He explained that if you compared the price of a television broadcasting equipment to TVs, you roughly got a correlation between the number of TV stations vs TV sets based on their relative prices. Similarly, if you compared the cost of radio broadcasting equipmen

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