International students founded over half of the U.S.’s “unicorns” (startups valued at $1 billion or more). We all know the international superstars of modern tech: Elon Musk, Sundar Pichai, Sergey Brin — their names are virtually synonymous with the companies they represent. But there’s at least one hero, a semiconductor pioneer whom Steve Jobs “idolized,” who’s contributed far more to computers than his name recognition might suggest.
At last year’s Churchill Club awards, Silicon Valley’s noted/notorious venture firm, Andreesen Horowitz, honored Andy Grove, the man who ushered Intel into a period of unprecedented growth through the 1990s. Born András István Gróf in 1936, he escaped Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and earned his B.S. in chemical engineering at the City College of New York in 1960. Watch Ben Horowitz deliver a heartfelt tribute to Mr. Grove below. (In a hurry? We’d strongly recommend skipping to the last minute to hear Grove’s own incredible vision for the future of the international student community):
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