Launched in 1981 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the worlds most powerful tech company. Many companies had tried cloning the industry leaders 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 and produced by Ross M. Dinerstein (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI) and Glen Zipper (Academy Award-winning 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. SILICON COWBOYS features interviews with Compaq founders Rod Canion, Jim Harris, and Bill Murto as well as Alec Berg, Executive Producer of HBOs Silicon Valley, and Chris Cantwell, co-creator of AMCs Halt and Catch Fire.
A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computingvivid and evocative. – Variety
A lively look at an underexposed tech-biz success story. – The Hollywood Reporter
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