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Follow-up to “Pirates of Silicon Valley”
Apple and Jobs
Self absorbed
troubled
hip
countercultural
social intelligence
highest quality product
high corporate culture
Microsoft and Gates
geek – 1) primarily motivated by passion;
2) interested in technology.
brilliant
relatively strait-laced
socially maladroit
whatever it takes
only winning matters
Why Silicon?
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It’s the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, surpassed only by
oxygen.
Sand and almost all rocks contain silicon combined with oxygen, forming silica.
Silicon is the basic material used to make computer chips, transistors, silicon
diodes and other electronic circuits and switching devices because its atomic
structure makes the element an ideal semiconductor.
A semiconductor is a material that is neither a good conductor of electricity (like
copper) nor a good insulator (like rubber). They are “doped” for control.
Computer chips, both for CPU and memory, are composed of semiconductor
materials. Semiconductors make it possible to miniaturize electronic components,
such as transistors.
A transistor is a device composed of semiconductor material that amplifies a
signal or opens or closes a circuit. Remember bits and bytes.