Category: technology-biography

The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley

The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon ValleyThe Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley by Leslie Berlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tells the story both of Robert Noyce’s life, and the start of the semiconductor industry. I learned that Robert Noyce’s personal management philosophy of giving people the tools they needed and then getting out of the way – and its success at Intel is what set the pattern of Silicon Valley companies and large portions of the American tech and software sectors in general.

Good read – and important if you want to understand the roots of this industry.

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing ItiWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good “as spoken to” style biography in which Steve Wozniak talks about the experiences and self-education that lead up to his developing the initial prototype Apple motherboard and control systems.

A recommended read for aspiring programmers and hardware designers and engineers.

Steve Jobs

Steve JobsSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tells the story of what made Steve Jobs who he was. He wasn’t the hardware guy – he was the design and human interface guy. He was hard on people, but at the same time, he got brilliant work out of them.

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