The article quotes numerous industry luminaries to frame his impact. It's hard to overstate what Dr. Chang's accomplishments have done for so many of the industries that we work in: fabless semiconductor, EDA, ASIC, ... I found the article to be full of fascinating tidbits, such as
- His first job paid $480 per month.
- At the beginning, he was a self-taught semiconductor engineer. He spent countless hours after work to learn about new fields.
- He was a highly successful TI executive before "starting over" to create a new industry from scratch in Taiwan.
- On several occasions, he left good companies when things weren't working out, with no immediate job prospects. He had the confidence that he'd find a good opportunity.
- Dr. Chang didn't become fabulously wealthy from founding TSMC! He's well-off, for sure, but a US executive would have made sure to ensure his success first.