Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

For Genius Products Put A Genius In Charge

There was once a genius who was on the founding team of five semiconductor companies.

At one of them, its big company backer said they should move the company to San Diego because land was cheaper there than in California.


At that, the genius then left and started up another company, his fifth, which developed genius products like the first monolithic FET-input op amp, the ICL 8007. The company survives to this day.


MORAL: To develop genius products, put a genius in charge.

Tags: backer, genius products, op amp, san diego, semiconductor companies

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  1. David Manners
    October 03, 2011 19:36

    Yes indeed, A.Noni Maus, Jean Hoerni of Switzerland it was

  2. A. Noni Maus
    October 03, 2011 17:18


  3. October 02, 2011 09:57

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  4. RobertI
    September 29, 2011 16:44

    Is that the San Diego that is in California?