Tuesday, 22 March 2016 15:19

Andy Grove – 2 September 1936 - 21 March 2016


Andrew Stephen "Andy" Grove was a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He was a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry.

Andy was the visionary who changed the face of semiconductor maker Intel. Affectionately called the ‘mastermind’ he left a huge mark on the technology industry. Time Magazine named him man of the year in 1997.

He is perhaps best known for three quotes:

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.

Just as we could have rode into the sunset, along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC.

He originally joined Fairchild Semiconductor in 1963, where he researched microchip technology.

Intel’s founders George Moore and Robert Noyce first hired him in 1968. He became Intel’s president in 1979, CEO in 1987 and chairman and CEO in 1997. He gave up his CEO title in 1998 and stayed on as chairman until 2005.

It is fair to say that he shifted Intel’s focus on memory (DRAM) to reinvent it as a manufacturer of microprocessors – had he not done so Intel would not have been the company it is today. He was largely responsible for the ‘Intel Inside’ campaign that led it to supply most of the x86 processors for the emerging personal computer and server industry.

Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder who was one part of the ‘Wintel’ equation said, “Andy Grove’s death is a huge loss for the computing industry and everyone who had the honour to know him. I feel lucky to have been one of those people. 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.”

“Andy made the impossible happen, time and again, and inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive since 2013.

“Andy Grove was one of the giants of the technology world. He loved our country and epitomized America at its best. Rest in peace,” Tim Cook, CEO Apple.

Grove is survived by his wife, Eva, two children, and eight grandchildren. His books include High-Output Management and Only the Paranoid Survive.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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