Artifact Details

Title

Lamond, Pierre oral history

Catalog Number

102738291

Type

Text

Date

2017-06-30

Contributor

Fairbairn, Douglas, Interviewer
Hancock, Marguerite Gong, Interviewer
Lamond, Pierre, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Extent

44 p.

Format

PDF

Description

This oral history track’s Pierre Lamond’s life and career from Paris in 1930, where he was born, through multiple companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. He developed an early interest in electronics listening to “Radio France Libre” broadcast from London during WWII. He served in the French Army for a period in the 1950’s. During the early 1950’s, he taught himself about solid state devices and eventually found a job at Transitron in Boston. He went to work there in October 1957
After several years, he became disenchanted with Transitron, and moved on to Fairchild Semiconductor in 1961, where he spent much of his time working in R&D under Gordon Moore. In 1967, he joined with Charlie Sporck to move over to National Semiconductor. He took a detour to become CEO of Coherent Radiation in 1976 and then to Advent in Boston, but he eventually returned to National in 1978.
The next major career step was to move into venture capital in 1982, at which time he joined Don Valentine, an old Fairchild colleague, at Sequoia Capital. Since then, Lamond has remained active in venture investing with a variety of firms, including Khosla Ventures. As of 2017, he continues to be an active investor in several companies.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Transitron; Fairchild; Bakalar, David; Sporck, Charlie; National semiconductor; Advent; Coherent Radiation; Sequoia; Cerebras

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8254.2017

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