Intel CEO Andy Grove dies

The Silicon Valley titan died at age 79 in Los Altos, California on Monday.

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Grove’s colleagues reflect on his contribution to the tech community.

“Andy and I got to collaborate on several projects, and I never stopped learning from him,” said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. “He was at the forefront of creating the personal computer industry, and whenever we spent time together, I always came away impressed by his brilliance and vision.”

…”Mentoring with Andy Grove was like going to the dentist and not getting Novocain,” said Pat Gelsinger, a former Intel executive who went on to become CEO of VMWare. “If you went into a meeting, you’d better have your data; you’d better have your opinion; and if you can’t defend your opinion, you have no right to be there.”

…”If you were to pick one person who built Silicon Valley, it was Andy,” Marc Andreessen, the entrepreneur and venture capitalist, said in a 2015 Churchill Club award presentation. “Andy kind of set the model for what a high quality Silicon Valley company could be.”

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said Grove was “an American original” in his recent “Data Sheet” essay.

Andy Grove wasn’t one to mince words. In 2005 I interviewed him for a profile of Intel’s newly appointed CEO, Paul Otellini. The rap on Otellini was that he wasn’t a technologist, like the first three, larger-than-life chief executives of Intel INTC0.20%: Bob Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Grove. Grove’s one-word response: “Bullshit.”

…Grove is one of the small handful of people who created Silicon Valley as it is today. Intel’s accomplishments run deeper than having developed a powerful monopoly position in the microprocessors that drove the growth of personal computers. Grove’s Intel also showed how to use marketing—“Intel Inside”—to convince consumers they wanted a product whose technical specifications they’d never understand. His Intel gave cubicles a good name, a place where the lowly and the godly worked near one another. Grove also showed businesses of all stripes the importance of change when he took Intel out of the memory-chip market as it was being clobbered by Japan.

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