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The Intel Trinity

How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company

By Michael S. Malone
12-minute read
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The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone

The Intel Trinity (2014) offers the first comprehensive history of Intel, arguably the most important company of our “digital age.” The company’s success is based on three key people – Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove – whose personalities formed a formidable business trinity.

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Investigative journalist Michael S. Malone has penned or co-authored over a dozen award-winning books. He is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University as well as an associate fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford University.

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The Intel Trinity

How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company

By Michael S. Malone
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The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone
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The Intel Trinity (2014) offers the first comprehensive history of Intel, arguably the most important company of our “digital age.” The company’s success is based on three key people – Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove – whose personalities formed a formidable business trinity.

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A perfect symbiosis among its top brass made Intel the world’s most important company.

Regardless of a tech device’s outside appearance, like your smartphone or laptop, it needs microprocessors inside to function.

The microprocessor is perhaps the most important technological invention of our modern world, and its development is largely due to an incredibly influential company, Intel.

In fact, the impact of the microprocessor has been so significant that Intel could be considered the most important company in the world.

For the last 40 years, Intel has been at the forefront of the microprocessor industry, managing tough competition from companies such as Hewlett-Packard. And it has been very successful.

In 2000, Intel was valued at almost $500 billion, a valuation larger than the American car sector combined. At the time, these kinds of numbers just weren’t seen in the tech industry. Only Apple has come close, and many years later.

So what was Intel’s secret? Many point to the personalities in the company’s boardroom.

According to management theorist Peter Drucker, top CEOs need three character traits to succeed: good with people, thoughtful and willing to take action.

Intel didn’t have one CEO that embodied all three characteristics. But it did have three unique individuals, and each person embodied one of Drucker’s necessary traits.

Robert Noyce was the people man; Gordon Moore was the thinker; and Andy Grove the man of action. Together, these men formed a powerful troika, complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Together, they transformed Intel into one of the most successful companies of all time.

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