“Don’t be encumbered by history, go off and do something wonderful.”
– Robert Noyce
Robert Noyce hailed as the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford of Silicon Valley, was a brilliant inventor, a seasoned entrepreneur, and a fearless risk-taker who flew his own jets and skied mountains that could only be reached by helicopter. He co-invented the integrated circuit, the electrical brain of every contemporary computer, car, cellphone, high-tech weapon, and video game. He was also a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
In the book, “The Man Behind The Microchip,” Leslie Berlin paints a fascinating portrait of Noyce as an intensely competitive entrepreneur who ambitiously converses with his employees and counsels them to “go off and do something wonderful.”