Thurman John "T. J." Rodgers (born 15 March 1948) is an American scientist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Cypress Semiconductor and holds patents ranging from semiconductors to energy to winemaking. Rodgers is known for his public relations acumen, brash personality and strong advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism. He stepped down as Cypress CEO in April 2016 and Director in August 2016 after serving for 34 years.
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Describes the visit by LP leaders and other libertarians to a Cato Institute conference in Silicon Valley in November 1998
Topics discussed include: Peters' public persona, Robert McNamara, Hayek, Silicon Valley, corporate planning, his political views, Republicans vs. Democrats, technological change, nostalgia for the 1950s and the future of business
Reason: T.J. Rodgers will be so upset that you compared him to Jerry Sanders.
Peters: I know, but it's fair ... My builder in Woodside tells me T.J. Rodgers has special drawers built into his closet to organize all his socks.
Reason: Yes. ...
Peters: He's proud of it! They are both so frigging weird that they don't even know how weird they are. To me it's a compliment ... It's the freaks of Silicon Valley, and he's a freak. And freak to me is a good word, not a bad word.
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