Trailer for Documentary 'Silicon Cowboys' Telling the Story of Compaq

August 31, 2016
Source: YouTube

Silicon Cowboys Trailer

"Enjoy it while you can, because IBM's gunna have a portable and then it's sayonara." As a computer nerd, it's always fun to see documentaries that explore the history of computers. Silicon Cowboys tell the story of the rise and fall of Compaq Computers. Launched in 1981 by three friends in Houston, they wanted to challenge IBM's dominance over the personal computer market and were mostly successful. That is, until IBM decided to fight back. Everyone knows the name Compaq, but do you know the real story behind them? This looks like a fascinating and captivating doc not only about computers but about the cutthroat business world that is still prevalent today. That quote about "the way you were supposed to deal with IBM" sold me.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jason Cohen's doc Silicon Cowboys, direct from YouTube:

Silicon Cowboys Poster

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM, for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know. Silicon Cowboys is directed by filmmaker Jason Cohen, of the Oscar nominated short doc Facing Fear previously. The doc "explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing." The film premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival and played at a few other fests. FilmRise will release Silicon Cowboys in select theaters + on VOD starting September 16th coming up. For info, visit their official site. Interested?

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