The Man Behind the Microchip is one of the best biographies about technology and entrepreneurship. This book is a pleasure to read from beginning to end. It is full of important facts about Silicon Valley, its history and its development.
I will just quote Robert Noyce, the hero of this book, founder of Fairchild and Intel:
“Look around who the heroes are. They aren’t lawyers, nor are they even so much the financiers. They’re the guys who start companies”
and also author Leslie Berlin adds:
Noyce testified against an industrial policy managed by the Federal government. He referred to his own experience with Apple to strengthen his argument: “If I was not capable of identifying the future champions of technology, how could we believe that the government could do better?”
This a must-read book for anyone interested in start-ups and high tech.