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Andrew S. Grove

Birthdate: 2. September 1936
Date of death: 21. March 2016
Other names: Andy Grove

Andrew Stephen Grove was a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, author and a pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education. He was the third employee and eventual CEO of Intel, helping transform the company into the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors.As a result of his work at Intel, along with his books and professional articles, Grove had a considerable influence on electronics manufacturing industries worldwide. He has been called the "guy who drove the growth phase" of Silicon Valley. In 1997, Time magazine chose him as "Man of the Year", for being "the person most responsible for the amazing growth in the power and the innovative potential of microchips." One source notes that by his accomplishments at Intel alone, he "merits a place alongside the great business leaders of the 20th century."In 2000, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease; he became a contributor to several foundations that sponsor research towards a cure. He died at his home on March 21, 2016; the cause of death was not publicly disclosed. Wikipedia

„A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Attributed to Andy Grove in: Ciarán Parker (2006) The Thinkers 50: The World's Most Influential Business. p. 70
New millennium

„The Lesson is, we all need to expose ourselves to the winds of change“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Source: Only the Paranoid Survive

„Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

High Output Management

„I couldn't afford luxuries like embarrassment“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Swimming Across: A Memoir

„You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and the information revolution. There are two options: adapt or die.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

1995, p. 229; As cited in: Jay W. Rojews (2004) International Perspectives on Workforce Education and Development. p. xi
1980s - 1990s, High Output Management (1983)

„In various bits and pieces, we have steered Intel from a start-up to one of the central companies of the information economy.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Andrew Grove, in: " 1997 Technology Leader of the Year http://www.industryweek.com/companies-amp-executives/1997-technology-leader-yearandy-grove-building-information-age-legacy", IndustryWeek.com, December 15, 1997
1980s - 1990s

„And try not to get too depressed in the part of the journey, because there’s a professional responsibility. If you are depressed, you can’t motivate your staff to extraordinary measures. So you have to keep your own spirits up even though you well understand that you don’t know what you’re doing.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Cited in: " Andy Grove Tells The Truth About What Great Leaders Do http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/03/andy_grove_tell.html." bobsutton.typepad.com/my weblog. by Bob Sutton, March 11, 2007.
New millennium, Harvard Business School Press conference, 2002

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

—  Andrew S. Grove

Attributed to Andrew S. Grove in: William J. Baumol et al (2007) Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of Growth. p. 228
New millennium

„I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Cited in: Roger Martin, ‎Karen Christensen (2013) Rotman on Design. p. 213
New millennium, Harvard Business School Press conference, 2002

„All of us in business have a responsibility to maintain the industrial base on which we depend and the society whose adaptability — and stability — we may have taken for granted.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Andrew Grove in: " Andy Grove’s Warning to Silicon Valley http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/opinion/andy-groves-warning-to-silicon-valley.html?_r=0", New York Times, March 26, 2016
New millennium

„Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, Good companies survive them, Great companies are improved by them.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Andy Grove, December 1994; cited in: Albert Yu (1998) Creating the digital future. p. 93 : After the Pentium Processor flaw in December 1994
1980s - 1990s

„Technology happens, it's not good, it's not bad. Is steel good or bad?“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Time, TIME: Man Of The Year, Walter, Isaacson, 1997-12-29 http://www.time.com/time/special/moy/grove/opener1.html,
1980s - 1990s

„A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Andrew Grove, in: " What I've Learned: Andy Grove http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/interviews/a1449/learned-andy-grove-0500/", Esquire magazine, May 1, 2000
New millennium

„Technology will always win. You can delay technology by legal interference, but technology will flow around legal barriers.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

Andy Grove coins his own law, Michael Kanellos, CNET, 2005-05-18, 2012-08-13 http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-5712202-7.html,
New millennium

„The drumbeat of the electrical transportation is accelerating like nothing I've ever seen in my life.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

New millennium, AP Interview: Ex-Intel head pushes electric cars, 2008

„When I came to Intel, I was scared to death. I left a very secure job where I knew what I was doing and started running R&D for a brand new venture in untried territory. It was terrifying.“

—  Andrew S. Grove

1980s - 1990s
Source: Andrew Grove (1993), cited in: " Andy Grove, Valley Veteran Who Founded Intel, Dies at 79 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-22/andy-grove-taught-silicon-valley-how-to-do-business-dies-at-79," Bloomberg.com, March 21, 2016

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