Personal Computers - Color

Who needs Color?

There was a time when all personal computers were monochrome meaning that there was no color on the screens. They came in grey, green or amber screens. Hercules Graphics pioneered by a UC Berkeley student was a big deal. In other words you could see charts and bars on the screens. Walt Broedner, an incredibly… Continue reading

Business Innovation

The Crazy Process of Silicon Valley Innovation

Innovators in the Valley hate market research. We often tend to get obsessed with an idea and develop a solution without worrying if consumers will use our solutions. I will cite some examples from my life. Commodore Computers had a colorful CEO, Jack Tramiel. Now Jack went to the concentration camp in Auschwitz and was… Continue reading

The Risks Entrepreneurs Take

The Risks Entrepreneurs Take

Entrepreneurs from Benjamin Franklin to Steve Jobs took risks that most can never imagine. Such as working long hours, not eating properly, being impolite to and distancing their closed ones and then feeling intensely lonely. More often than not, we are broke, living with our passion in sleeping bags, in garages and in cars. (more…) Continue reading

How the Silicon Valley began

How the Silicon Valley began

We are in the mid 70’s. I cannot remember a man who did not have a beard, or any woman who wore a bra. We would gather around in a park in Los Gatos, smoke pot and dream. Honest. That’s how Atari began. Bushnell was inspiring but it was the Al (Alcorn) who developed the… Continue reading