Pirates of Silicon Valley
 

Historical Setting
Previous to 1970s, all computers huge and only used by businesses/ manufacturers/ universities
Chronicles development of two major computer companies today

Pre-Apple
Steve Jobs - Noah Wylie
Steve Wozniak - Bearded, quiet guy, friend of Jobs, inventor of computers

Jobs and Wozniak are at Berkeley playing with phone dialers and computers
 

Pre-Microsoft
Bill Gates - Anthony Michael Hall (Blonde guy)
Paul Allen - Bearded, quiet guy, friend of Gates
Steve Ballmer - Bald comedian

Gates, Allen, and Ballmer are at Harvard, love computers

Altair Computer launched and Gates and Allen want to program for it
 

Apple

Microsoft

Apple Develops Macintosh with GUI and Mouse

  • Apple struggles with Lisa project, then moves to Macintosh
  • Apple meets with Xerox and takes concepts of GUI and Mouse from them
  • Macintosh launched in 1984 - first commercial computer with GUI and Mouse
  • Famous 1984 Superbowl commercial with Big Brother
  • Microsoft guys visit and are interested in operating system of Macintosh prototype

  • Microsoft Windows
    Microsoft uses Macintosh prototype for example of GUI and "steals" GUI from it to create Windows

    Afterwards