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McKenna, Regis oral history, part 1 of 8

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This transcript is the first from a eight-interview series with Regis McKenna, whose pioneering work in technology marketing and business strategy contributed to the success of hundreds of companies for more than five decades. McKenna was a talented, innovative marketing professional from the earliest days of the technology revolution in Silicon Valley. He came to the Valley in 1963 at the age of 24, worked in marketing in the early semiconductor industry, and then established his own company, Regis McKenna Inc. (RMI), in 1970. McKenna became a globally sought-after strategist and marketing expert, and RMI opened numerous offices around the world. His personal and professional relationships at RMI included Steve Jobs, Robert Noyce and Andy Grove. His more than 700 clients included such legendary companies as Apple, Intel, and Genentech. He is the author of five best-selling business books and one of the most reprinted articles in the history of the Harvard Business Review, “Marketing is Everything” (1999). McKenna was recruited to many outside boards and advisory roles, among them his service as a founding advisory board member of the Computer History Museum’s Exponential Center.
The interviews took place at the Museum between June 13, 2018, and January 15, 2019. The interviewer was John Hollar, President and CEO of the Museum from 2008 to 2017. The first interview covers McKenna’s childhood and education near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his early career in publishing, his move to California and his early career with the companies General Microelectronics and National Semiconductor. The time period covered is roughly 1939 to 1970.




Hollar, John C., Interviewer
McKenna, Regis, Interviewee


Computer History Museum

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Mountain View, CA






Oral history

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CHM Oral History Collection


Computer History Museum

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