The JV with NXP has given STM the scale to succeed in the mobile wireless space. Putting its weight behind the convergence movement, the company plans to leverage its full suite of wireless solutions to enable the advanced mobile devices coming out of the Nokia stables among others. Let us now try and understand the company’s wireless products, strategy, and outlook. >>>
Our family has long been a connoisseur of Darjeeling tea. Growing up in Bengal, it is hard not to be.
Later on, when I started living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I got to experience the cult of wine in Napa Valley and the surrounding wine countries. One September, I even worked in a vineyard in Oregon, pruning grapes, while visiting my friend Dave Chen, whose Patton Valley vineyard is a small producer of fine Pinot Noir. >>>
SM: Can you give us more detail about what Search For Common Ground does?
CR: Their work is divided into grass roots community work where they help build capacity for peace at the community level. They also do media work and have radio and TV shows. Their content is to help communities communicate and increase group collaboration. It is a fascinating organization. >>>
In the last part of this series, we looked at STM’s strategic initiatives that are aimed at making the company more nimble and profitable. A very important part of this strategy was unveiled last month when the company decided to form a Joint venture with its wireless business and that of NXP. Before moving on to STM’s wireless business and outlook, it is important to understand the dynamics behind this move. >>>
Time for another round of recap since the last one on May 10 … See what you have missed, and catch up. >>>
SM: As you look back on your career, do you feel your decisions were strategic, planned decisions?
CR: It might have been! I remember my first day at work. I walked into this big building and I was 1 of 2 women technical engineers. Women were just entering the technical workforce back then. I was bright eyed and I remember thinking I wanted to run that company some day. I have no idea why I was that ambitious. >>>
As highlighted in our discussion of ST Microelectronics financials, the company has not been very profitable in the last few years. More importantly, it has been growing lesser than the semiconductor industry and losing market share. It is therefore appropriate to peek into the steps that the company has taken to address this situation. >>>
What do you do when you have had a wildly successful career and are happily retired? If you are Carol Realini you spend some time doing global humanitarian work and then you start a new business venture! Carol, CEO and founder of Obopay, has found not only a second career but also a potential opportunity to shape the way millions around the globe access banking services. Here I discuss with Carol how inspiration on a trip to Congo has resulted in a new multi-million dollar venture. >>>