Andy Grove

By: Mick Yates
But soon he left, to work with Geoffrey Moore (the definer of "Moore's Law) to co-found Intel. He became President in 1979, and succeeded Moore as CEO in 1987.

A man of many talents, one of his early books "Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Devices" (Wiley,1967) has been used at many leading universities in the United States. Dr. Grove has written over 40 technical papers and holds several patents on semiconductor devices and technology. For six years he taught a graduate course in semiconductor device physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

On the other hand, soon after he became Intel CEO, he led the creation of the now ubiquitous "Intel Inside" campaign. This helped what could have easily become a generic piece of hardware (even though the Company already made 80% of all microprocessors) become an incredibly valuable household name.

Today, Intel is a $30 billion corporation, still very much at the leading edge of technology. He currently is a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, teaching a course entitled "Strategy and Action in the Information Processing Industry". Grove's famous dictum "Only the Paranoid Survive" is an object lessson in competitive leadership.