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Gordon Moore quotes: Intel co-founder and biz billionaire, here’s Mr. Moore’s best content.

“Have clarity in what you want.  And don’t stop chasing your dream until you have accomplished it.”

“Everything will be fine as long as you don’t give up.  It will be hard in the beginning, but don’t stop.”

“In order to survive and win in the ever-changing world, keep updating yourself.  Consume knowledge.”

“If everything you try works, you aren’t trying hard enough.”

“Most of what I learned as an entrepreneur was by trial and error.”

“Your success depends on how many times you have tried after failing.  It’s all about persistence… and… keep trying.”

“It’s important to certainly change.  Participants in the business recognize that if they don’t move fast they fall behind technology, so essentially from being just a measure of what has happened, it’s become a driver of what is going to happen.  Something I never would have imagined initially.”

“Lack of fear of failure is an important part of it.  People are willing to try things.  They figure if they don’t make it, they can do something else.”

“It’s a question of keep reaching and following up the things that look like they’re really good potential.”

“The importance of the internet surprised me.  It looked like it was going to be just another minor communications network that solved certain problems.  I didn’t realize it was going to open up a whole universe of new opportunities, and it certainly has.  I wish I had predicted that.”

“The computer is really a useful gadget for consuming time.”

“Internet development is a surprise.  I didn’t realize it would open up a new world of opportunities.”

“If you’d asked me in 1980 what the big impact of microprocessors would be, I probably would have missed the PC.  If you asked me in 1990 what was important, I probably would have missed the internet.”

“I remember the difficulty we had in the beginning replacing magnetic cores in memories and eventually we had both cost and performance advantages.  But it wasn’t at all clear in the beginning.”

“Semiconductor technology has the peculiar characteristic that the next generation always makes things higher performance and cheaper – both.  So if you’re a generation behind the leading edge technology, you have both a cost disadvantage and a performance disadvantage.  So it’s a very non-competitive situation.  So the companies all recognize they have to stay on this curve or get a little ahead of it.”

“That was my plan from the beginning, no you can never see that far down the road in this sort of thing.  When Intel was founded the entire semiconductor business worldwide was about two billion dollars… now it’s kind of 200 billion dollars.  The entire market has grown about 100 fold in that time.  There was no way we could predict very far down the road what was going to happen.  It was just a lucky guess, I guess on my part… lucky extrapolation.”

“It’s amazing how creative the people have been about getting around the apparent barriers that are going to limit the rate at which the technology can expand.”

“If the auto industry advanced as rapidly as the semiconductor industry, a Rolls Royce would get half a million miles per gallon, and it would be cheaper to throw it away than to park it.”

“By making things smaller, everything gets better.”

“The technology at the leading edge changes so rapidly that you have to keep current after you get out of school.  I think probably the most important thing is having good fundamentals.”

“One thing a leader does is to remove the stigma of mistakes.”

“With engineering, I view this year’s failure as next year’s opportunity to try it again.  Failures are not something to be avoided.  You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.”

“I remember the difficulty we had in the beginning replacing magnetic cores in memories and eventually we had both cost and performance advantages.  But it wasn’t at all clear in the beginning.”

“It is extremely unlikely that anyone coming out of school with a technical degree will go into one area and stay there.  Today’s students have to look forward to the excitement of probably having three or four careers.”

“Make it a part of what you do, remain grounded in your work.  Look for innovative solutions.”

“My neighbor got a chemistry set, and we could make explosives.  In those days, chemistry sets had some really neat things in them, and I decided about then that I wanted to be a chemist, not knowing quite what they did, and I continued my work in a home laboratory for some period of time.”

“From the time I was in junior high school I decided I wanted to be a chemist.  I didn’t quite know what a chemist was, but I kept it up and got my Ph.D. in physical chemistry.”

“My first job out of school was to do basic research at Johns Hopkins University’s applied physics lab.”

“It sure is nice to be at the right place at the right time.  I was very fortunate to get into the semiconductor industry in its infancy.  And I had an opportunity to grow from the time where we couldn’t make a single silicon transistor to the time where we put 1.7 billion of them on one chip!  It’s been a phenomenal ride… if you measure the industry in terms of the number of transistors it makes, which I like to do occasionally, there’s no industry that I can identify that is remotely comparable in how it’s expanded over that period of time.  We’ve grown a lot in dollars, but we’ve grown a heck of a lot more in our output.”

“I thank our employees for the contributions they made because really it is our employees who got us where we are today… and are going to take us where we want to go in the future.”

“I define myself as the accidental entrepreneur.”

“For the first 20 years, I couldn’t utter the term Moore’s Law.  It was embarrassing.  It wasn’t a law.  Finally, I got accustomed to it, where now I could say it with a straight face.”

“I guess one thing I’ve learned is once you’ve made a successful prediction, avoid making another one.  I’ve avoided opportunities to predict the next 10 or 50 years.”

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