I’m Brian Krzanich, and I have been the CEO of Intel Corporation since May 2013. I'm very excited to be here chatting with you today.

Today, I’m especially looking forward to talking with engineering students. I know how tough engineering school can really be, but it’s worth it. Here at Intel, we want to help you become the best engineer you can be, and we want to make sure you graduate from your degree program. We've built this site staywithit.org to provide resources and motivation for engineering students. We need you, and we’ll do what we can to support you along the way.

I'll get started at about 9am PT (Noon ET)


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EDIT: Hi Reddit. I have to head out in about 5 minutes. Thanks for all of your questions so far.

EDIT: Time to head to a meeting. Thanks so much for all of your questions. I'll try to come back later in the day and answer a few more!

EDIT: I gave a quick response to the STAY WITH IT team before I had to leave. Engineering students, make sure you check out the STAY WITH IT resources at staywithit.org and join the community on Facebook.

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MyReligionIsPhysics4447 karma


BrianKrzanich120 karma

ok folks... first sorry for taking so long.. it's simply a matter of my job...it's been a long week.. so here are my replies to these questions:

First, let me be clear that Intel doesn’t participate in the NSA programs described in recent news reports. Intel does not participate in anyone’s efforts to decrease security in technology. We don’t provide methods for unauthorized access to our products….we don’t create back doors.
On the question of BSD….. BSD did not drop our RDRAND. FreeBSD will continue using RDRAND to feed the OS entropy pool, feeding its output into another PRNG in the process. Privacy is really important, it is important to me and it’s important to Intel… we’ve always been clear about our policies in this area….and we understand the concern on the part of individuals and governments and companies. We invest in training, network security, information security, code reviews and testing to minimize the risk of our product behaving in an unexpected way. Given the environment there has been a lot of speculation and misinformation about our products and I want folks to know we constantly work to improve the security of our products. That is a never ending process for us.

and you can tell this is really me.... from all of the ellipses :-)

nmpmdn1010 karma

How does the development of graphene change the game for Intel?

BrianKrzanich1136 karma

Graphine, carbon nano tubes.. an other 3-5 materials will become very important to semiconductors over the next few years... they will allow us to lower leakage and power while reducing geometries..

whydoiforgetthings962 karma

Do you see software as a product in itself or is it still an aide to pump up hardware sales?

Edit : I work at Intel. Thanks!

BrianKrzanich728 karma

I think there are a few answers to this question based on perspective or the company you are working at... clearly at the root level software is a product... there are many many companies around the world that are proof of that... but for companies like Intel that are for the most part hardware companies.. we tend to use software as a driver for hardware... and we tend to think of software as helping drive he need for hardware... Andy Grove was famous for his software, hardware spiral. where he said each drove the other..

pensivegoose852 karma

How did Intel miss out on the mobile/tablet market and what is it doing now to compensate?

BrianKrzanich2399 karma

we wanted the world of computing to stop at PC's...and the world.. as it never does... didn't stop innovating.. The new CEO of Microsoft Satya said it well the other day... our industry does not respect tradition, it respects innovation.... i think he was 100% right.. and it's why we missed the mobile move..

crwcomposer738 karma

Why do you like ellipses so much?

BrianKrzanich1208 karma

I am trying to start a new trend :-) no actually i use them to try and set apart thoughts and separate ideas...

but secretly.. i am hoping it becomes a new trend............... :-)

lula2488633 karma

Where do you see the computing sector (PCs/Tablets/Smartphones/Etc) heading in the next 5 years?

BrianKrzanich1216 karma

There is an over all trend in computing that has been going on for 30+ years.. that computing is becoming smaller.... lighter... more portable.... and more and more connected.. think about it.. it went from main frames to desktops to laptops to tablets and phones.... it won't stop there... everyone who thinks it will stop is wrong.. it just keeps going down that curve.. driven by Moore's law...

ama_bjart543 karma

As a kid growing up, I remember Intel for the memorable marketing campaigns. I haven't seen anything noteworthy from Intel in recent years. Are you doing anything to change that?

BrianKrzanich816 karma

yes.. we're going to revamp our marketing.. i don't know marketing... clearly in engineering school you don't get much marketing training.. but i agree we need to get some of the innovation and coolness back in to our marketing

nathanpct512 karma

Which wearable technology do you wear?

BrianKrzanich967 karma

changes.. currently i am using a couple.. one that is an internal Intel one i can't tell you about yet :-) ... the other is a wrist watch that tracks your biometrics like heart rate , pace steps... it's interesting.. i change regularly so i can understand the experience and what would make me want the device to be a part of my life..

bloouup1713 karma

Internal to the company or internal to your body?

BrianKrzanich1429 karma


akeles166 karma

I think you need to measure blood glucose level to improve life quality and stop obesity

BrianKrzanich440 karma

There are a few companies working on sensors that can be worn to measure several blood parameters including Glucose, PH, Oxygen levels.. i think all of these will be available over the next few years

TronaldPalmer402 karma

Do you own a badass gaming PC with a crazy processor that isn't on the open market?

BrianKrzanich971 karma

no.. i used to have time to do that.. i used to build my own PC's.. and actually had one of the first water cooled overclocked PC's around. i ran it at over 4Ghz and this was back in 2001... but alas i do not have the time for that fun anymore

lexjusti371 karma

Is the . button on your keyboard stuck?

BrianKrzanich668 karma

no... it's just my favorite.. :-)

underbuckle278 karma

What advice would you give a fifth grader who has shown an interest in science, technology, and engineering? Anything you did in middle/high school that you look back on as helping you succeed in your career?

BrianKrzanich508 karma

My youngest daughter is in 6th grade.. so i think bout this question a lot in my own life.. and the answer is simple.. foster the creativity and willingness to try... that's what is key.. in my own two daughters i have tried to really foster them to try anything and t be afraid to fail.. that your ability to build or create anything is limited only only by your willingness to try and your effort.. so as a 5th grader.. become passionate about whatever it is you love.. and you'll find you grow and that overtime that which you've learned will help you later on in life...

Bhord256 karma

What type of computer do you use?

BrianKrzanich473 karma

i am currently using a Lenovo Helix.. i have been using i for a while.. i am about to switch though

Tsiklon247 karma

People have been talking about the death of moores law for decades, what is the plan for when that upper limit with silicon is hit?

BrianKrzanich432 karma

in my 30 years i think i have seen the forecasted end of Moore's law at least 5 or 6 times... so i tend to be a skeptic when people say it will end.. At any one point we can typically see about 10 years out.. with pretty good clarity in the 3 to 5 years and much less clarity 5 to 10 years.. but so far in that 10 year horizon.. we don't see anything that says it will end in that time frame..

Wyrmnax224 karma

What is pushing hardware development nowadays?

BrianKrzanich399 karma

experience.. it's very clear you can make some great products... with amazing technology.. but it's about experience... and without a great user experience from the un boxing onwards.. you don't have a product.. this is where i think Intel has had to make the most change over the last few years... and we now spend a huge amount of time upfront thinking about the experiences we want a user to have before we put one transistor on the chip

thegr8ergood192 karma

How close is your relationship with apple? Has it changed since they made to move to Intel processors in 2005?

BrianKrzanich321 karma

we've always had a very close relationship with Apple and it continues to grow closer.. sure its grown close over the years especially since we they started to use our technology in their systems.. we're always trying to build the relationship with all of our customers to be closer.. the former CEO Paul Otellini used to say.. we win when our customers win.. it's always stuck with me

Sayel158 karma

What's your favorite engineering major?

BrianKrzanich350 karma

i loved a class called unit ops in chemical engineering.. it was the first class where everything is practical.. you're designing plants and making factories... and the "lab" is a mathematical model of your plant

Dornicus95 karma

When you were in your early 20s, did you envision being where you are today?

BrianKrzanich167 karma

no.... i knew i would love engineering.. and i loved to build things.. i think back then i thought i would end up in a lab working on leading edge technology.. not running a company.. even 5 years ago i don't think i would have guessed i would be doing this job..

thystrife94 karma

If you had to pick one thing - what do you believe to be the mark of a great leader? One that motivates their people?

BrianKrzanich188 karma

to say a great leader simply motivates their people is true.. but too simple... sure every great leader has the ability to motivate people.. but... that alone is not enough in today's world... you have to be able to create and then articulate a vision.. motivated people with no clear direction... is not a winning team.. the vision to strategy piece is very important... and then... you have to be able to get things done.. to build a product.. or have people around you who can.. many of the greatest leaders have had just that.. the ability to motivate, create a vision, build a strategy... but then use teams to actually build the product..

joecity85676 karma

Patent Law Student here: Is your IP portfolio the most valuable asset you have?

BrianKrzanich112 karma

not the most valuable.. but certainly a valuable one that we continue to invest in and develop. In today's world you have to have a strong IP portfolio

vegence70 karma

favorite kind of sandwich?

BrianKrzanich261 karma

this is an easy one.. Peanut butter and Jelly.. and if you want to really make it good.. freeze it so it's cold.. and have good salty potatoe chips with it

jklre52 karma

Thank you for taking the time to do this AMA.

Do you see 3D printing taking a big role in chip and board production in the future?

Is Intel investing time in making hardware more weather / water proof?

BrianKrzanich80 karma

i think 3D printing will change much of the business and innovation world over the next few years.. i don't even think we've scratched the surface on how 3D printing will change the way things get made. New materials and capabilities will continue to be developed and be able to be 3D printed. and as that occurs more and more uses will be identified and whole industries will be changed..

MyNameIsntPatrick49 karma

Does Intel plan on entering the phone or tablet market in the future?

BrianKrzanich119 karma

we're in it :-) we sold ~12 million tablets last year.. and our target is 40 million plus this year...

lam198737 karma

Hi BK- thanks so much for doing this!

What's your most unexpected or favorite perk of being CEO of a company like Intel?

BrianKrzanich74 karma

totally has to be all of the great technology and gear i get to try out... i am a firm believer in "eating your own dog food"... that you have to try the technology and use it and experience to know what works..

You_Are_All_Tards28 karma

Did you always want to be a CEO? Did you come from a technical background?

BrianKrzanich86 karma

nope.. thought i wanted to stick with the pure technical path.... then i realized the best way to drive technology was to run the company...

WhatColorSocks26 karma

Hi! What color socks are you wearing?

BrianKrzanich41 karma


anwaaransari24 karma

What do you think is the best thing a student who is interested in computer and startups can do?

BTW , I love INTEL.. always wanted to have an internship there.. :) :) :D

BrianKrzanich49 karma

as in the question above... i think you need to ask first the question of do you want to be in hardware or software .. if you love hardware.. you have to focus on architecture... and you can chose from many forms of architecture.. but if you love software... and you want that to be your focus area.... then you should focus on the basics of math and physics plus computer programing.. there are those rare people who are able to follow both paths and i find they are some of the most capable..

Stovokor_X15 karma

Hi Brian, what is Intel's strategy in the Cloud and what will be the key differentiators that weed out the winners and losers in this space ?

BrianKrzanich23 karma

great question... The cloud like much of data center computing is focused largely on total cost of performance. In other words they really focus on optimizing the best performance they can for the right cost. think about your search experience, your app experience.. you want the data to return as real time a you can.... so that is what we focus on and believe we are providing world class performance in