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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-01-2019, 03:58 PM
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I agree with ultracarpet.

business people only see the $ and cents. usually their job is to stop the loss of money and increase profits. usually through price increases and terminating unnecessary departments/people/projects etc.

Maybe he will reduce all the non neccessary intel cpus (last i counted it was over 100 models)
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This does seem to confirm that their focus is drifting away from PCs although it's vague as can be.

"Intel’s transformation from a PC-centric to a data-centric company with a focus on improving execution and aggressive capturing addressable markets using ambitious technologies."

Even plumbers are wanting to be "data-centric" or "data-driven" these days. They're just marketing buzzwords.

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Another nail in the coffin. Good times.
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they hit the corporate jargon generator pretty hard on this announcement

addressable markets with ambitious technologies! i hope they have an action plan and don't run into any UPSET CONDITIONS

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This guy seems like the type of corporate high flyer that was successful in the 1990s i.e a relic today. Lisa Su is too smart and too in touch with her companies' products to let this guy outmaneuver her in the markets that AMD and Intel compete.


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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-06-2019, 05:01 AM
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I wonder if someone without a technical background can successfully lead a semiconductor company.
On the other hand, I believe Carnegie didn't know the first thing about steel manufacturing.

Dr Lisa Su ?
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ultracarpet View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuZ6ypueK8M

Lisa Su has a PHD in electrical engineering from MIT. That is the type of person that should be running a semiconductor company. It's not necessarily about what specific degree, though; it is just a matter of perspective. People who have been in finance and accounting positions their entire life lack the vision and technical understanding to be making decisions that will progress a company like Intel into the future.
By that logic Elon Musk is a bad fit for Space-X, he isn't a rocket scientist.

Unless the CEO is a legit Polymath, their primary job is to put the right people in place to do the best job possible. With Jim Keller and Raja there doing there things, this guy just needs to make sure he can optimally get them what they need and stay hands off on the engineering.


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By that logic Elon Musk is a bad fit for Space-X, he isn't a rocket scientist.

Unless the CEO is a legit Polymath, their primary job is to put the right people in place to do the best job possible. With Jim Keller and Raja there doing there things, this guy just needs to make sure he can optimally get them what they need and stay hands off on the engineering.
Elon is a serial entrepreneur. He is fantastic at getting ideas off the ground, but not so good at maintaining the businesses into maturity. It won't be long until Space-X is ran by someone more qualified.

Also, Elon's focus is primarily on the science/concept of his ideas, and he is able to talk about them beyond pre-canned talking points given to him by actual engineers/scientists. He is charismatic and has very grand visions (akin to steve jobs).


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Elon is a serial entrepreneur. He is fantastic at getting ideas off the ground, but not so good at maintaining the businesses into maturity. It won't be long until Space-X is ran by someone more qualified.
Only because he gets bored of things once they start to hit the walls of government regulation and technical limits. (my opinion) The process shouldn't be any different for getting a company to take off than from properly maintaining stable growth. Simply put the right people for the jobs in the right places. (I say simple, but that's a really, really, hard thing to do consistently)


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Only because he gets bored of things once they start to hit the walls of government regulation and technical limits. (my opinion) The process shouldn't be any different for getting a company to take off than from properly maintaining stable growth. Simply put the right people for the jobs in the right places. (I say simple, but that's a really, really, hard thing to do consistently)
Well there are serial entrepreneurs that rapidly make companies with inflated value and sell them off quickly for big returns, and then there are the Elon type that are in part philanthropists lol. Those walls that you mentioned, especially technical, is when a guy like Elon will have to back off and be replaced by a much more qualified professional that is in that field.

Getting a company off the ground is completely different than the maturity stage. Once the sales pitches aren't needed anymore you need actual/consistent talent to continue executing long term. Again, this is when a guy like Elon takes a step back.

If you want an example of this, just look at AMD. Jerry Sanders aggressively got AMD off the ground and into relevance, but he was also the same person that almost destroyed the company from mismanagement in a time where AMD actually had market leadership. He was way too focused on the rapid growth of the company rather than their actual products.

You can also view this in terms of what is valuable to a company- and this changes depending on what stage of growth that the company is in. When a company is first starting it gets most of its value from the branding/concept/sales pitch. Then, over time that value transitions into the actual product/service that the company provides. Once that transition is complete an Entrepreneur/salesman is not providing nearly as much value to the company anymore, the people designing and creating the products/services are. The talent pool changes.


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