For much of the world, men like Steve Jobs and Sergey Brin are tech heroes. For men like them—indeed, for much of Silicon Valley—Andrew Grove, who passed away on Monday, was the pioneer. The former chief executive officer of Intel was the company’s first hire in 1968 and rose to helm it in 1987—a Holocaust survivor who came to define America’s immigrant dream in its sunrise industry.
Grove, however, was far more than a symbol. He was foundational to the global tech industry’s success as much as any one man can claim to be—guiding Intel from making memory chips to becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of the semiconductors that have enabled the tech revolution. Along the way, he created a template of corporate leadership that spread across industries. Little wonder that when Jobs was considering returning to Apple in 1997 for his industry-defining stint, it was Grove he called for advice.