Fire in the Belly: Building a World-leading High-tech Company from Scratch in Tumultuous Times

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Down Home Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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This book provides the history of RF Micro Devices, a high-technology company based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jerry Neals revealing, entertaining, often funny account of how RF Micro Devices came about is much more than a story of one companys beginnings. Fire in the Belly is a wild ride through the technology boom of the 1990s, from the layoffs that inspired the companys founding to just nine years later when RF Micro Devices had a market value of $16 billion, twice that of its technology partner,defense contractor TRW.

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The Gift of Layoffs
Keep a Close Eye on the Deep End
In the Footsteps of Heroes

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Neal is a founder and executive vice president for marketing and strategic development of RF Micro Devices. He is a member of the Board of Visitors at Babcock Graduage School of Management at Wake Forest University.

Jerry Bledsoe was born July 14, 1941, in Danville, Virginia. Bledsoe is a newspaperman. He writes true crime stories as well as humor columns. He has won several awards, including the National Headliners Award (1969) and the Young Newspaperman Award from the International Newspaper Promotion Association (1971). As a writer Beldsoe focuses on North Carolina's land and people. Some of his titles include Some Funny Things Happened on the Way Back to the Land (1976), Visitin' with Carolina People (1980), and Blood Games: A True Account of Family Murder (1991). Blue Horizons: Faces and Places from a Bicycle Journey along the Blue Ridge Parkway was published in 1993. Before He Wakes: A True Story of Money, Marriage, Sex and Murder appeared in 1994. Bledsoe lives in Ashboro, North Carolina.

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