Before Steve Jobs: 5 Corporate Innovators who Shaped Our World
The former head of Apple comes from a long line of American innovators who changed society
- By Joseph Stromberg
- Smithsonian.com, August 26, 2011
No innovators have been as responsible for the brute technological horsepower that enabled the information technology revolution as Noyce, right, and Moore, founders of Intel. In the early 1970s, they created the first successful commercial microprocessors, and the company has remained the premier computer hardware supplier ever since.
“They were always focused on getting more and more capability onto chips: smaller, cheaper, much more powerful,” says Allison. “Their belief was that if they got the technology better and better, it would be adopted.” The Intel chips that power today’s PCs and handheld devices are a testament to their foresight.