On Friday evening I took my three girls and the daughter of their horse trainer down to the local grade school for a “family movie night.” The film they were showing was “Despicable Me,” a cartoon that I had not even reviewed beforehand. But it wasn’t until this afternoon that I realized the show has incredible parallels to the electronic design automation (EDA) industry.
In the movie, a deliciously despicable scientist/villain (EDA company A) is ordered by a powerful banker (powerful investors) to steal a ray gun (EDA software) that shrinks anything (Moore’s Law). What the scientist character doesn’t know is that the same banker has ordered another younger, kookier scientist (EDA company B) to steal the same ray gun.
The ray gun was actually developed by an innocent, smaller third party (EDA startup).
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