Andy Grove – and his biographer

May 15, 2008 at 10:59 pm (books)

In October of 2006, I had the pleasure of attending a book launch at Time Warner in New York City. The event was in honor of Richard Tedlow, whose biography Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American had recently been published. Richard is the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He already had several books to his credit, and this latest got excellent reviews.

Andy Grove’s managerial and technological genius more than anything guided Intel Corporation to greatness. He is a complex, fascinating man, whose life history is well worth chronicling. Richard was initially daunted by the challenge of writing a book in which he would, among other things, be charting the history of the computer revolution that occurred in the latter half of the twentieth century. Ultimately, though, this book proved to be as much about people as it was about machines. Andy Grove’s early life makes for particularly compelling reading. Of Jewish origin, he was born in Hungary in 1936. It’s hard to imagine less auspicious circumstances in which to begin life. Andy Grove’s subsequent achievements are made all the more remarkable by the parlous conditions that marked his early years.

Richard has always put plenty of blood, sweat, and tears into his authorial endeavors, but I think that the Andy Grove biography was an especially tough assignment. Nevertheless, the results were gratifying in the extreme.

Now, how do I know this about Richard? In fact – Why am I calling him by his first name, in so familiar a manner? Because…HE IS MY BROTHER!!

We recently discovered that there’s a You Tube video of Richard presenting this book to a group of managers at Google Inc. in November of 2006. This presentation is, in essence, the same as the one I saw him give at the Time Warner Center in October of the same year as part of the book launch.

So, without further ado:


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