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Davidow, Bill (William) oral history

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William "Bill" Davidow spent his entire business career in the high tech industry -- as an executive at companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel, as an author of three books and as a successful venture capitalist who invested primarily in semiconductor related companies. He earned a BA summa cum laude (1957) and an MS (1958), both in electrical engineering, from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1961. He also took graduate courses at Caltech before earning his doctorate.

In this oral history, Bill discusses family background, his early years as a student and the inspiration that caused him to become an engineer. Experiences at General Electric and Hewlett-Packard laid the foundation for his role as the marketing leader of Intel's charge into the microprocessor market. His membership on Intel's 1975-1985 iconic executive staff and his relationships with Drs. Moore, Noyce and Grove are also covered. While at Intel, he held a variety of positions including senior vice president of marketing and sales, vice president of the microcomputer division, and vice president of the microcomputer systems division.

When he left Intel, Bill founded a venture capital firm, Mohr Davidow Ventures with Lawrence Mohr and invested in and mentored a variety of successful entrepreneurial ventures. During this time he also served on the Board of trustees for the California institute of Technology.

Dr. Davidow authored three books: Marketing High Technology (1986), Total Customer Service (1989), and The Virtual Corporation (1992).




Davidow, William H., Interviewee
Remacle, Rosemary, Interviewer, Editor


Computer History Museum

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Mountain View, California


31 p.






semiconductor memories; transistors; Venture Capital; Davidow, William H.; Davidow, Bill; semiconductor history; Carsten, Jack; Gelbach, Ed; Grove, Andy; Hoff, M. (Ted); Lally, Jim; McKenna, Regis; Morgan, Millett; Moore, Gordon; Noyce, Robert (Bob); Opendyk, Terry; Vadasz, Les; Dartmouth University; California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech); General Electric Co. (GE); Hewlett Packard (HP); Intel Corporation; Mohr Davidow Ventures; Rambus Inc.; Signetics Memory Systems; Stanford University; Viant Inc.; 2000 dot com bubble; Computers; Constructive confrontation; Crush; Development Systems; Digital computer archive; Hardware simulation tools; IEEE Floating Point Standards; Flutter problem; Marketing technology-based products; Microprocessors; semiconductors

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CHM Oral history collection

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102740281 Davidow, Bill (William) oral history