An important figure, but one who highlights that exploitative business practices are not new in technology industries.
"Mr. Tramiel’s business model was ruthlessly efficient: he introduced a new product at the lowest price possible, and as the competition matched his price he went even lower. He did this by slashing costs, hiring top engineering talent, selling in mass-market stores like Kmart, and owning the suppliers of chips and other components. He changed directions in an instant, going so far as to introduce a new product even if it hurt sales of an existing one. He liked to say that business is war."
"Mr. Tramiel’s abrasive, autocratic style was renowned, and he fired executives frequently. He delayed paying suppliers so long that one demanded a cashier’s check; he grudgingly obliged, then called the bank to stop payment, an executive of one of his suppliers said in an interview Tuesday."