“Bob came to me and said, ‘How about we start a new company? My first reaction was no, I like it here. Then a couple of months later he came back and said, ‘Now that I’m leaving, how would you like to start a new company?’ It put a whole different light on the thing.”
— Gordon Moore, in a new PBS documentary “American Experience: Silicon Valley” talking about Robert Noyce who encouraged Moore to leave their first start up Fairchild Semiconductor to co-found Intel Corporation
The PBS documentary looks at how a group of young transistor tweakers turned what was once futile farmland into what today is a thriving technology innovation center of the world. Here’s a look at what Intel co-founder Gordon Moore says in the documentary, set to premiere February 5:
Gordon Moore saw exponential growth in the number of transistors on a microchip, an observation that became known as Moore’s Law, a guiding principle that has driven the technology industry for decades, and gave birth to the Talent Economy.
Pando Daily provides an interesting take on the impact of Fairchild Semiconductor Company and Moore, one of the traitorous eight who left Fairchild to from Intel Corporation in 1968. Around that time, transistors were attracting early VC seed funding that gave rise to Silicon Valley and changed the relationship between capital and labor, according to Pando Daily writer Francisco Dao.