Silicon Cowboys

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2016 | Documentary | 1hr, 16m

Chronicles the remarkable underdog story of Compaq Computer. more

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Friday, September 16, 2016


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Launched in 1981 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 companies 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.
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  • From the producers of JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and UNDEFEATED.
  • 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.
  • “A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing…vivid and evocative.”

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