Silicon Valley remembers Andy Grove

As my colleague Steve Johnson writes in his excellent obit, Andy Grove was a legendary Silicon Valley pioneer who helped “mold Intel into a multibillion-dollar Goliath and the world’s biggest semiconductor company.” 

Grove, who died Monday at the age of 79, left an outsize impression on the Valley’s soul. And with his passing the Hungarian-born chief executive of a global powerhouse now takes his place among fellow luminaries who have gone before him, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and David Packard, who with his partner William Hewlett founded their own powerhouse in HP.

This week, many in the Valley’s tech community are remembering Grove as a steady guiding light who helped put the region on the map as a crucible of innovation, risk-taking and unbending passion for new technology.

Here are what some in Silicon Valley are saying about their departed colleague:

“RIP Andy Grove. The best company builder Silicon Valley has ever seen, and likely will ever see.”  

      — Tweeted by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen

“Andy Grove was one of the giants of the technology world. He loved our country and epitomized America at its best. Rest in peace.”

     — Tweeted by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Intel Chairman and CEO Andy Grove. Andy made the impossible happen, time and again, and inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.”

      — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

“Andy Grove was a towering leader, mentor, and educator. He was ruthlessly, intellectually honest. And rightly proud of building Intel.”

—  Venture capitalist John Doerr

“I’m sad to hear that Andy Grove has died. I loved working with him. He was one of the great business leaders of the 20th century”

     — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates

“Saddened by the passing of Andy Grove…a pioneer, a leader and a great teacher.”

— Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

“Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Andy Grove, former CEO of @intel. A tremendous positive force on our industry & community.”

     — Salesforce founder, chairman and CEO Marc Benioff

“Andy Grove has passed away today – farewell to a titan of Silicon Valley.”

— Futurist Paul Saffo

Credit: Nhat V. Meyer/Mercury News


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