Silicon Cowboys


Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. SILICON COWBOYS explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today. Directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen, the film offers an insider's look into the explosive rise of the 1980's PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg.

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Best of all, though, are all the vintage ads and TV spots. IBM's idea of hip was a Charlie Chaplin impersonator, and Compaq countered with John Cleese, realizing nerds would app...
96d ago
Jason Cohen’s slick aesthetics manage to elevate Silicon Cowboys beyond fellow “info dumps” of this caliber.
96d ago
Silicon Cowboys prizes the human drama behind business events, much as in “The Social Network” or “Steve Jobs.” Those films, too, pretended that technology was the star. But the...
96d ago
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