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William Henry "Bill" Davidow is a Silicon Valley engineer, marketing executive, author and venture capitalist. Davidow served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Intel Corporation in the 1980s, and was part of an early group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists. While at Intel he became senior vice president of marketing and sales, and conceived "Operation Crush," which established the 8086 architecture as the industry standard. Prior to Intel Corp., Bill worked in various managerial positions at Hewlett Packard and General Electric.
His firm, Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he is Partner Emeritus, invests in information technology, life sciences and Cleantech seed and early stage startups. MDV consists of General Partners, Venture Partners, Investment Professionals, a venture development team, and Davidow's co conspirator Partner Emeritus Nancy Schoendorf. Davidow lives in Woodside, California.
Bill earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, a master's degree in electrical engineering from both Dartmouth College and the California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1961 with thesis titled The state assignment problem for synchronous sequential networks.
His community involvement extends to serving on the boards of California Institute of Technology, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He also sits on the Foundation Board of UCSF Medical Center.
- Davidow, William H. (1986). Marketing High Technology. Free Press. ISBN 978-0-02-907990-4.
- Davidow, William H.; Uttal, Bro (1990). Total Customer Service: The Ultimate Weapon. Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0-06-092009-8.
- Davidow, William H.; Malone, Michael S. (1993). The Virtual Corporation: Structuring and Revitalizing the Corporation for the 21st Century. Harper Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-88730-657-0.
- Davidow, William H. (2011). OVERCONNECTED: The Promise and Threat of the Internet. Delphinium Books. ISBN 978-1-883285-46-3.
- Wizards and Their Wonders by Christopher Morgan. ACM Press, 1997, pp. 378–9
- Forbes Profile of William H. Davidow
- "Try, Try Again, Or Maybe Not," by Leslie Berlin, The New York Times, March 21, 2009
- "Virtual Reality Is Addictive and Unhealthy," by William H. Davidow, IEEE Spectrum, August 2012
- Mohr Davidow Ventures