Forbes heeft een interview gehad met Jerry Sanders, de welbekende CEO van AMD. Verwacht in dit interview helemaal geen technische details en ook geen nieuwtjes over de Thunderbird en de Duron: het interview gaat over de carrière van Sanders en hoe hij daarmee is omgegaan. Hier een stukje over de concurrentie met Intel:
ASAP: It seems as if you're trapped in entrepreneurial hell. Twenty-five years ago you started AMD; 15 years ago you were still in startup mode, competing against Intel, and now you're still, in many ways, an entrepreneurial upstart.
SANDERS: Well, it's an interesting observation. I guess the first thing I'd say is, you know, we're a $2.5 billion to $3 billion company. So that doesn't quite feel like an entrepreneurial startup when I see companies which have no revenues, or little or no revenues, and they consider themselves entrepreneurs. Here we are, a $2.5 billion to $3 billion company, and yet you're right. There's a certain kind of entrepreneurial quality about AMD. I hope there always will be.
ASAP: And now you're betting the store again. Is this the last roll?
SANDERS: In order to build an alternative platform to the Intel monopoly, we had to have independent products which were different than Intel's but still executed all the software under the Microsoft operating systems. No one else has been able to do it. In the 1980s, there were 15 licensed Intel alternatives for x86 instruction-set microprocessors. We're the last man standing.