Silicon Cowboys

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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 Oscar (R)-nominated director Jason Cohen, the film offers a fresh look at 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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  • You won't walk away with a degree in business or psychology after watching "Silicon Cowboys." But this documentary leaves you with a curious feeling that you've earned college credit in both, and gotten a few laughs as well.

    Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A zippy, compact history of the rise and rise of Compaq Computer Corp.

    Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Cohen solicits commentary from a range of tech entrepreneurs and aficionados (including Chris Cantwell, creator of Halt and Catch Fire); their excitement is contagious, fueling a dramatic rise-and-fall business tale.

    Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Although we know the outcome, "Silicon Cowboys" feels like a suspense thriller.

    Sep 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • These former-Texas Instruments-employees-made-good are a likable bunch, especially in their particularly Texan way of recalling every major milestone in terms of what they were eating or drinking at the time.

    Sep 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing.

    Aug 31, 2016 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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