Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby dead at 81

How Jack Kilby invented the microchip: Since he'd only been with Texas Instruments a few months, he wasn't eligible for paid leave when almost all the employees went on TI's annual mass vacation. Left alone to experiment, unencumbered by distractions, interruptions and scrutiny from peers and managers, Kilby came up with the device that changed the world.

Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby dead at 81: Jack S. Kilby, an electrical engineer and pioneer in the development of microchips, has died in Dallas after a brief battle with cancer at age 81.

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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