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Quotes of the day: Andrew Grove

Published Tuesday, September 01, 2015 @ 12:15 PM EDT
Sep 01 2015

Andrew Stephen "Andy" Grove (b. András István Gróf, September 2, 1936), is a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He is a science 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 later became CEO of Intel Corporation and helped transform the company into the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

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.

I'm of the belief that you don't want to talk to your refrigerator.

If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job. There are lots of them and many of them are hungry.

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

Just as you would not permit a fellow employee to steal a piece of office equipment worth $2,000, you shouldn't let anyone walk away with the time of his fellow managers.

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

Let chaos reign, then rein chaos.

Most Americans probably aren't aware that there was a time in this country when tanks and cavalry were massed on Pennsylvania Avenue to chase away the unemployed.

Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.

Nothing sharpens the awareness of a situation like the sight of a gallows.

Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age.

So give me a turbulent world as opposed to a quiet world and I'll take the turbulent one.

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

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

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

The Internet doesn't change everything. It doesn't change supply and demand.

The personal computer... went to individuals first before it went to corporations... The corporations are sitting, wishing this whole friggin' thing (electric cars) to go away. Which is exactly what the computer companies' attitude was to personal computers.

There are so many people working so hard and achieving so little.

There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment- and you start to decline.

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

Your career is your business, and you are its CEO.


(September 2 is also the birthday of Cleveland Amory.)

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