The remarkable David vs. Goliath story of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today.
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. Although many others had tried cloning IBM’s prized code, only to be trounced by high-priced lawyers, Compaq’s vision for a portable PC found startling success, sending shockwaves through the industry and dethroning a tech giant.
Directed by Oscar®-nominated director Jason Cohen (Facing Fear) and produced by Ross Dinerstein (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), Silicon Cowboys charts the unexpected rise - and eventual fall - of Compaq during the booming 1980s PC industry, offering a refreshing and important addition to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg.
"A lively look at an underexposed tech-biz success story” - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A fascinating account of maverick innovators …vivid and evocative” - VARIETY