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Co-founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
T. J. Rodgers

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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15 Mar 1948, Thurman John Rodgers, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: T.J. Rodgers - Libertarian, by Bill Winter
Includes picture, biographical profile and quotes
In fact, Rodgers is one of Silicon Valley's highest-profile libertarians — and often uses that word to describe himself. Sometimes he uses it twice. "I'm a libertarian-libertarian," he said in a May 2001 interview on San Jose Public Television station KTEH, after the host suggested that Rodgers was a "conservative-libertarian." Rodgers continued, "There's some parts of what conservatives like that I like. For example, their like of a small government and no taxes. And with regard to liberals, I share some common ground with them. You know, be who you want to be, do what you want to do — and I believe in that."
Related Topic: Republican Party


Party makes bid for Silicon Valley support, Libertarian Party News, Jan 1999
Describes the visit by LP leaders and other libertarians to a Cato Institute conference in Silicon Valley in November 1998
Libertarian Party leaders ... attended "Washington, DC vs. Silicon Valley: The Annual Cato Institute/Forbes ASAP Conference on Technology & Society," which was held in San Jose, California, November 19-21 ... The conference attracted a flock of high-tech executives, research professionals, politicians, and authors — including T. J. Rodgers (president and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor) ...
T. J. Rodgers - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
Silicon Valley is often taken as a symbol of capitalism at its best. But the denizens of that sandy expanse too often disappoint by their reluctance to advocate openly the open market ... Then there's T.J Rodgers. Founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductors, Rodgers is famous for his outspoken support of the untrammeled market—and of the producer's unqualified right to profit from it. Rodgers has testified in Congress against government subsidies of the computer business. He has argued against restricting legal immigration. He has fought against anti-trust laws and for the rights and freedom of Microsoft.


The Peters Principles: An Interview with Tom Peters: The management guru as playground director, provocateur, and passionate defender of open societies., by Tom Peters, Virginia Postrel, Reason, Oct 1997
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
Peters: ... the beauty of the Valley is total maniacs like [Advanced Micro Devices founder Jerry] Sanders and [Cypress Semiconductor CEO] T.J. Rodgers ...
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.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "T. J. Rodgers" as of 25 Jun 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.