The First Gi­ant Of the Val­ley

Un­sen­ti­men­tal and tough, Andy Grove raised a gen­er­a­tion of tech leg­ends who idol­ized him

Bloomberg Businessweek (Europe) - - OPENING REMARKS - By Jim Aley, with Ian King

Sil­i­con Val­ley is full of log­i­cal ab­so­lutists, peo­ple who will fol­low a line of ar­gu­ment wher­ever it goes, no mat­ter what the hu­man reper­cus­sions. It’s a place where some se­ri­ously pro­pose se­ced­ing from the U.S. to cre­ate a tech­no­log­i­cal utopia, free of med­dle­some govern­ment and the in­fe­rior ma­jor­ity.

An­drew Grove, who died f rom the ef­fects of Parkin­son’s dis­ease on March 21 at the age of 79, could be as bru­tally log­i­cal as any­one in the tech cos­mos he helped bring into ex­is­tence. But he wasn’t only that—he was a ra­tio­nal­ist with a deep hu­man­ity, who may be re­mem­bered as much for his men­tor­ship as his in­tel­li­gence. He hated the word men­tor, though. “Cor­po­rate men­tor­ing pro­grams are a cha­rade,” he told this mag­a­zine in 2011. “The mo­ment some­one says ‘men­tor’ or ‘mentee,’ I get waves of nau­sea.” Yet at In­tel, the semi­con­duc­tor com­pany he helped build, he cul­ti­vated a se­ries of tech­ni­cal as­sis­tants, sev­eral of whom be­came lead­ers, too. Sean Maloney and Renée James both be­came top ex­ec­u­tives at the com­pany; Paul Otellini went on to be chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. Grove also helped along younger en­trepreneurs in the Val­ley through­out his ca­reer—among them Larry El­li­son of Or­a­cle, Steve Jobs of Ap­ple, and Mark Zucker­berg of Face­book. “I never stopped learn­ing from him,” said Mi­crosoft co-founder Bill Gates in a state­ment to Bloomberg News. “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.”

Jobs and El­li­son once went to Grove’s house for his birth­day. They wanted to show their re­spect for one of the rare tech­nol­o­gists who ar­guably had even more im­pact on the cul­ture and

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