Another opportunity for our D.C. readers: On Wednesday morning, you can join Axios' Evan Ryan for a business-leader-stacked conversation on the private sector's role in advancing gender equality.
The lineup includes Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, Lilly Ledbetter (the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act) and Uber chief legal officer Tony West. RSVP here.
Lisa Su holds up AMD's next-generation graphics chip for the data center. Photo: AMD
AMD founder Jerry Sanders was fond of flashy suits and boasted of his manufacturing prowess. "Real men have fabs," he would say, referring to the costly chipmaking plants that AMD operated.
Current CEO Lisa Su presides over a very different AMD. It's one that still aims to rival Intel in powering the world's most capable computers, as it did under Sanders — but Su's AMD focuses on design and strategy, leaving the actual manufacturing to partners like foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Why it matters: AMD is looking to establish itself as a credible long-term player in markets like the data center, where customers want to know that their supplier not only has a competitive chip at the moment, but a strategy that will remain competitive for several years.
Picking its spots: Whereas Intel has pursued everything from chips for cellphones and IoT devices as well as a number of consumer electronics markets, AMD is focused on chips for PCs and servers.
She also spoke out on several other topics during our interview last week.
S&P 500 executives are dropping blockchain buzzwords less on earnings calls and during presentations to analysts and investors. Analysts are also asking about it less, Axios' Courtenay Brown reports.
Why it matters: The hype was just that. The odds of a company turning blockchain “headlines into reality” are slim, as Forrester Research predicts.
The prospect of incorporating blockchain technology or cryptocurrency into businesses excited investors and drove up share prices temporarily — just look at Kodak, beverage company Long Blockchain, or Hooters franchisee Chanticleer Holdings. So it's no wonder executives wanted shareholders to know that they too might get in on the new technologies.
Go deeper: Courtenay has more here.
Big Tech’s Washington representatives continue to work on shaping the Commerce Department’s approach to privacy, with comments flowing into the agency last week ahead of a key deadline, Axios' David McCabe reports.
The big picture: From the halls of Congress to federal agencies to state houses, lobbying battles are raging as companies, trade groups, and their critics seek to influence how America regulates consumer data collection and its use.
Flashback: The administration initiated its look at privacy as new rules in Europe and California put pressure on U.S. policymakers to articulate how they think data should be gathered, used and secured.
Big Tech weighed in, as did other corporate players.
So did the critics of web platforms.
What’s next? The end result of the privacy comment process at the Department of Commerce may be to influence federal legislation.
Read more of David's full story.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Antonio Neri and Golden State Warriors CEO Rick Welts announce their companies' partnership. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios
To help keep fans connected in its new Chase Center arena, the Golden State Warriors are calling upon one of the best known names in Silicon Valley.
What's new: The Warriors announced a deal late Friday to make Hewlett Packard Enterprise its "official connected experience partner."
Just what that will mean beyond wiring up the new arena is less clear, but executives promise lots of new experiences starting when Chase Center opens in 10 months.
Warriors CEO Rick Welts said the goal was to put technology where it's useful, not just lots of tech for tech's sake.
"We've never gone out and said we are going to be the most technically advanced arena ever," he said. "We have tried to design a fan experience" and found technology that supports that.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings, who like to tout their tech prowess, worked with Verizon to livestream Saturday's game in virtual reality to some fans using 5G technology.
Verizon recently began offering home internet service using 5G-based fixed wireless in a handful of cities, including Sacramento.