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Like most of you, my mind is still racing from all the cool, new products introduced at the 2015 International CES – and the fact that I just couldn’t cover all of the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space. It was truly an incredible show, and my thirst for seeing and learning something new was, at least temporarily, quenched. However, my desire to purchase the latest tech products has now kicked in.    

Like most of you, my mind is still racing from all the cool, new products introduced at the 2015 International CES – and the fact that I just couldn’t cover all of the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space. It was truly an incredible show, and my thirst for seeing and learning something new was, at least temporarily, quenched. However, my desire to purchase the latest tech products has now kicked in.    

Innovation is a key corporate and national strategy. Everyone talks about innovation – but how many companies have a culture and structure encouraging innovation? As I discuss in my new book, The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream, great innovation drives the most successful companies, from old-line companies that innovate their turnaround, such as Ford, to new generation companies that innovate to lead entirely new categories, such as Google.

Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only creates but builds some of the most sophisticated tech products in the world here. That contrasts with others, like Apple and Hewlett-Packard, that consign virtually all product manufacturing and assembly abroad. Last week, I asked Intel co-founder Andy Grove how the chipmaker became one of the last, great high-tech manufacturing giants in the U.S. and why many Silicon Valley icons haven't done the same.

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