Dr. Gregory H. Olsen would have you believe that he's just a normal, average guy. "I don't view myself as a genius rocket scientist," he says. "It was a combination of tenacity and breaks that got me where I am today." But the 58-year-old entrepreneur turned telecom gazillionare is being characteristically humble.
IBM's year-old, $2.5 billion computer-chip plant in East Fishkill, N.Y., is a manufacturing marvel. Three hundred robotic tools, six miles of networking cable and more computing power than NASA uses to launch the space shuttle all work together to produce tens of millions of chips a year--each with circuitry 800 times thinner than a human hair.
You won't see many teary eyes at Intel these days. While the high-tech in-dustry continues to limp through tough times, execs at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based microchip giant, founded in 1968, cling to the advice of their cofounder, Gordon Moore. "Recessions always end," he once said, "and innovation allows some companies to emerge from them stronger than before." Staying true to those words, the company is pumping up R&D spending to its highest level ever, an estimated $4.1 billion this year.
You're flying over rolling green hills and gentle lakes, with a full moon behind you and a magnificent sun directly ahead. You pass over a huge chessboard, frozen on the final move of the previous match, and hook a right at someone's art project--the inscrutable monolith from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Lowering yourself into a village, you walk into a disco, which, like the rest of this ethereal realm, is rendered in finely detailed, 3-D graphics.
Citing a "slim but sufficient" majority of shareholder votes, Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina claimed victory today in her bid to merge the 63-year-old Palo Alto-based technology giant with Houston-based Compaq.While representatives of her primary opponent, board member William Hewlett, declared the vote "too close to call," Fiorina's proclamation likely marks the end to a bitter, six-and-a-half-month proxy fight that put Hewlett Packard's management at odds with the children of the firm's...
Craig Benham has a problem. As a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, he trains students in the exploding new field of bioinformatics--the fusion of high-powered computing and biology that is aimed at revolutionizing the health-care industry.
Patrick Ahrendt came to Silicon Valley seeking the dot-com gold miner's dream. The 31-year-old marketer and his wife left their home in southern California and moved to the only house they could afford, in a dusty farming community called Turlock,90 miles from Ahrendt's new office in San Francisco.
To find Silicon Valley's newest investment guru, you need to travel 90 minutes north of San Francisco, to the rolling hills of Napa Valley. There, amid the country roads and verdant wineries, you'll find a secluded ranch with 30 horses, 50 head of cattle and four Super Bowl rings--the new home of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.This week Montana joins former San Francisco 49ers teammates Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton as a general partner in Champion Ventures, an investment fund for...