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Sunday
Jul082012

OC Register, "Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas and retired judge Jack Mandel get keys to Santa Ana"

Henry T. Nicholas, III and Jack K. Mandel received the keys to the city of Santa Ana for their work on behalf of young people through the Nicholas Academic Centers. And Nicholas steps forward with a donation to a fund for a grief-stricken family.

By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Published: July 6, 2012 Updated: July 7, 2012 8:07 a.m.

Former Broadcom CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, left, and retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel talk universities in this 2010 photo. The two partnered to create the Nicholas Academy Centers, both of which are in Santa Ana. CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERFormer Broadcom CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, left, and retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel talk universities in this 2010 photo. The two partnered to create the Nicholas Academy Centers, both of which are in Santa Ana. CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERSANTA ANAHenry T. Nicholas, III, co-founder of Broadcom, and retired judge Jack K. Mandel received keys to the city for their contributions to Santa Ana and the Nicholas Academic Centers.

The rare presentation came at the beginning of the City Council meeting on Monday, July 2.

Mayor Miguel Pulido honored them for their commitment to the youth of Santa Ana and their work with the Nicholas Academic Centers. He said it had been at least 10 years since the last key was bestowed.

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Friday
Oct072011

Bloomberg Businessweek, "Stories About Steve"

henry t nicholas co-founder of broadcom discusses working with Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple computer

Henry Nicholas

Founder, Broadcom

I never knew when Steve was going to call. But I knew that when he did, it would probably be in the middle of the night. In 2001 my company was developing Ethernet chips for Mac computers. Steve was enormously excited about our product. He was enormously excited about everything. And restless and sometimes agitated—and frankly, he could be a bit of a pain. He was like a bulldog. He worked all the time, day and night, and he expected everyone around him to be that way, too. He insisted that the person at the top or someone who had absolute control was the guy he interfaced with. He demanded that he get as much time as necessary. If it was 3 in the morning and Steve had a thought or a question or complaint, he picked up the phone and called, right then. The concept of “that can wait until the morning” did not apply. He wasn’t going to sleep until he addressed the issue. 

Sometimes I was at home in bed, but sometimes I too was at the office working—and there he’d be, on the other end of the line. No small talk. Right to business. “We’ve got an issue,” he would say. When he called he was often worked up about something and he started out aggressively. Were we going to make our delivery date? (Yes, of course we were). Did we solve whatever puzzle he had called about in the middle of the night the week before? (Yes, of course we had). He wasn’t overbearing or unreasonable. He just had incredibly high expectations. Once he had satisfied his need for information, he would mellow. We talked about music. I ribbed him about the Rolling Stones. He made fun of me for listening to Metallica. All of Steve’s urgency and attention to detail was for a reason: He believed it was up to us to do the hard work of making technology simpler to use instead of more complex, and he made me feel like I was taking part in something special. 

When Apple first became our customer it was a major player, but far from the biggest. Steve was able to get me to focus my time and attention on Apple with an intensity that was way disproportionate to its market share. He was able to get me to believe—even half asleep in the middle of the night.

Photographer: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

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Thursday
Oct062011

OC Register, "What the world is saying about Steve Jobs"

With the death of Steve Jobs, America has lost not only a business and technology genius but a larger-than-life figure who changed the way we live. Jobs defined what it means to be an entrepreneur--to possess the vision, resolve and toughness to create one of the world's most successful companies, yes, but also to create a culture and image that have become synonymous with all that is cool about technology. And he did more. He taught us quintessentially American lessons: about rising from modest suburban roots, about failure and second chances, and about never losing sight of your dreams.

In the article below, leaders and luminaries talk about what Steve Jobs meant to them. These include Henry Nicholas, who knew and worked with Jobs. Dr. Nicholas describes Jobs' "unique genius,"  his relentless pursuit of perfection, and how Jobs made Broadcom "a better company".

 - HTN Foundation

What the world is saying about Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs died Wednesday. He was 56.Steve Jobs, remembered by Henry Nicholas, Broadcom former CEO.Learn more about Steve Jobs' incredible biography on Wikipedia.

Associated Press:

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.

Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January – his third since his health problems began – before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple’s chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one in a procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company.

Statement from Apple:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former Broadcom CEO:

Steve was simultaneously a leader, a business man, a technologist, and an artist. No CEO has ever combined all of those attributes. Through sheer force of will, Steve used technology as a weapon to forge world-changing consumer markets out of nothing. Steve helped make Broadcom a better company. We partnered with him to deliver the world’s first integrated WiFi, the world’s first integrated bluetooth, and the world’s first gigabit ethernet. I could call him in the middle of the night and he could call me, which he did, usually demanding perfection. The world has lost a unique genius who can never be replaced.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO:

Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

President Barack Obama:

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

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Saturday
Aug132011

OC Register, "Two Henrys chip in to change the world"

It’s been 20 years since Henry Nicholas and Henry Samueli wrote two $5,000 checks to start Broadcom out of Nicholas’ home in Redondo Beach. Now the Irvine-based company has nearly 9,500 employees worldwide. Revenue last year was $6.8 billion. The two Henrys started with a vision of a broadband-connected world that continues today, with the company on track this year to ship more than two billion chips. - HTN Foundation

Two Henrys chip in to change the world

By IAN HAMILTON / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Henry Samueli and Henry Nicholas predicted that once you had a taste of broadband you could never go back.

Broadcom's small silicon wafers now connect everything.

The evidence that the two Henrys were right 20 years ago when they started what is now Broadcom is a sprawling 12- building global headquarters in Irvine. It houses around 2,300 employees (of 9,460 worldwide) and the company's revenue grows by another billion dollars every few years.

Dr. Henry Samueli, Co-Founder of Broadcom Corporation and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) with CEO of Broadcom, Scott McGregor at the Broadcom offices in Irvine. MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER<< READ MORE >>