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  • Bottle Rockets and Hoists

    Here in Silicon Valley, most startups are like bottle rockets: they fly fast, look great, explode and vanish in a puff of acquisition smoke. Others are like hoists in a factory, doing unexciting but predictable work while building an...

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  • Semiconductor Contraction

    The semiconductor industry is consolidating as it is expanding. This seemingly contradictory situation has an origin, but no end in sight. I’ve seen this before, having founded Micrel 37 years ago and having been in the semi industry for...

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  • Executive Ethics and the Rudderless Ship

    Entrepreneurs often provide the ethics of their entire organization. Those that don’t oversee chaos. Ethics are systems of moral principles, and morality is merely the rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong. People, being individuals,...

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