The Israeli who makes sure the chips workMar. 31, 2016
Every year, Danny Glotter, or rather the software of Optimal+, which he owns, surveys the semiconductor industry: Qualcomm, Broadcom, Nvidia, and the rest. That, however, is far from satisfying him. The man who left a very senior position at Intel because he felt that "the corporate culture leads to mediocrity", went "to the edge of the precipice" as he puts it, and as a result had to part with his business partner and also his wife, now dreams of moving up a grade.
Glotter created for the semiconductor industry a common language of valuing quality. Now he wants to do the same thing for Apple's iPhones, Tesla's electric cars, for sensitive medical equipment – in short for anything with complex electronics that it is essential that it should work properly, sometimes to the point of being critical for human life. This vision sounds somewhat megalomaniacal, but it intrigued KKR, one of the world's largest investment funds, sufficiently for it to have invested $42 million in Optimal+ last September.
You don't think small.
"I want to leave my mark. But I don't boast that I'll succeed."
Had you not left your job as production manager at Intel Kiryat Gat in 2004, you would presumably been in line for manager of the fab. Most people would not have foregone that prospect.
"It never interested me personally. It didn't look to me sufficiently challenging. I'm not unappreciative, God forbid. Intel taught me to think and act, but it was clear to me that I would not continue in a large corporation. It's a question of individual preference. I left a lot of money behind at Intel – options I had that were above the waterline. Most people thought I'd gone crazy. But it didn't suit me. I want to be master of my fate, even at the risk of failing, to make my imprint on what I do."