Renee James spent 28 years at Intel, rising from R&D engineer to president, the number-two position in the company, overseeing the software group. Departing in a management shake-up in 2015, she joined The Carlyle Group as an operating executive and soon began planning her own semiconductor startup. With Carlyle Group and Oracle as early investors, she unveiled her stealth startup, Ampere, in February 2018, becoming one of only two women at the helm of semiconductor companies (the other being Lisa Su of AMD). In her first year of operation, James built her team to 400, expanded globally (headquartered in Santa Clara, the company has facilities in Portland, Oregon; Raleigh, North Carolina; China; Taiwan; and Vietnam) and released its first chip. Focusing on high-performance chips for cloud and edge computing, Ampere has three more semiconductors currently in development. After one year, the company has more than 20 customers, including Oracle and Microsoft.