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The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?


Intel chief executive Patrick Gelsinger at the company’s headquarters in Santa Clara, CA.

Credit: Kelsey McClellan/The New York Times

Patrick Gelsinger was 18 years old and four months into an entry-level job at Intel when he heard a pivotal sermon at a Silicon Valley church in February 1980. There, a minister quoted Jesus from the Book of Revelation.

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!" the minister said. "So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

The words jolted Mr. Gelsinger, reshaping his philosophy. He realized he had been a lukewarm believer, one who practiced his faith just once a week. He vowed never to be neither hot nor cold again.

Now, at age 60, Mr. Gelsinger is hot about one thing in particular: Revitalizing Intel, a Silicon Valley icon that lost its leading position in chip manufacturing.

From The New York Times
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