Troublemakers: Silicon Valleys Coming Of Age

Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming Of Age


The richly told narrative of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years, laying the foundation for today’s technology-driven world.

At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans say they cannot live without their cell phones, Troublemakers reveals the untold story of how we got here. This is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. Together, they worked across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so, they changed the world.

In Troublemakers, historian Leslie Berlin introduces the people and stories behind the birth of the Internet and the microprocessor, as well as Apple, Atari, Genentech, Xerox PARC, ROLM, ASK, and the iconic venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In the space of only seven years and thirty-five miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.

During these same years, the first ARPANET transmission came into a Stanford lab, the university began licensing faculty innovations to businesses, and the Silicon Valley tech community began mobilizing to develop the lobbying clout and influence that have become critical components of modern American politics. In other words, these were the years when one of the most powerful pillars of our modern innovation and political systems was first erected.

Featured among well-known Silicon Valley innovators like Steve Jobs, Regis McKenna, Larry Ellison, and Don Valentine are Mike Markkula, the underappreciated chairman of Apple who owned one-third of the company; Bob Taylor, who kick-started the Arpanet and masterminded the personal computer; software entrepreneur Sandra Kurtzig, the first woman to take a technology company public; Bob Swanson, the cofounder of Genentech; Al Alcorn, the Atari engineer behind the first wildly successful video game; Fawn Alvarez, who rose from an assembler on a factory line to the executive suite; and Niels Reimers, the Stanford administrator who changed how university innovations reach the public. Together, these troublemakers rewrote the rules and invented the future.

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  • TheTroublemakers 01 Open

    Duração: 14s

  • TheTroublemakers 02 Quote

    Duração: 01min

  • TheTroublemakers 03 Introduction

    Duração: 16min

  • TheTroublemakers 04 Arrival

    Duração: 05min

  • TheTroublemakers 05 PrometheusInThePentagon

    Duração: 01h12min

  • TheTroublemakers 06 NerdParadise

    Duração: 22min

  • TheTroublemakers 07 EightQuartersInHerPocket

    Duração: 14min

  • TheTroublemakers 08 TheFairChildren

    Duração: 22min

  • TheTroublemakers 09 WhatDoWeDoWithThese

    Duração: 23min

  • TheTroublemakers 10 ComeWithMeOrIllGoByMyself

    Duração: 16min

  • TheTroublemakers 11 Building

    Duração: 04min

  • TheTroublemakers 12 HaveYouSeenThisWoman

    Duração: 37min

  • TheTroublemakers 13 TurnYourBacksOnTheOrginsOfComputing

    Duração: 50min

  • TheTroublemakers 14 HitInTheAssByLighting

    Duração: 01h09min

  • TheTroublemakers 15 MakeItHappen

    Duração: 40min

  • TheTroublemakers 16 ThatsWhatIDidOnMondays

    Duração: 24min

  • TheTroublemakers 17 Challenges

    Duração: 05min

  • TheTroublemakers 18 INeededToLandBehindADesk

    Duração: 24min

  • TheTroublemakers 19 ThisIsABigFuckingDeal

    Duração: 21min

  • TheTroublemakers 20 OneMoreYearOrBust

    Duração: 29min

  • TheTroublemakers 21 NoIdeaHowYouStartACompany

    Duração: 53min

  • TheTroublemakers 22 ThatFlipsMySwitch

    Duração: 23min

  • TheTroublemakers 23 IveNeverSeenAManTypeThatFast

    Duração: 35min

  • TheTroublemakers 24 ThereAreNoStandardsYet

    Duração: 01h05min

  • TheTroublemakers 25 Triumph

    Duração: 06min

  • TheTroublemakers 26 LooksLike100MillionToMe

    Duração: 34min

  • TheTroublemakers 27 SittingInAKiddleSeat

    Duração: 38min

  • TheTroublemakers 28 CanYouImagineYourGrandmotherUsingONe

    Duração: 23min

  • TheTroublemakers 29 YoungManiacs

    Duração: 46min

  • TheTroublemakers 30 WhatInTheHellAreYouTryingToSay

    Duração: 15min

  • TheTroublemakers 31 WeDontNeedAnyMoney

    Duração: 40min

  • TheTroublemakers 32 Transition

    Duração: 03min

  • TheTroublemakers 33 TheRabbitsHoppedAway

    Duração: 30min

  • TheTroublemakers 34 VideoNation

    Duração: 11min

  • TheTroublemakers 35 KnewItBeforeTheyDid

    Duração: 08min

  • TheTroublemakers 36 NoOneThoughtTheyWouldSell

    Duração: 10min

  • TheTroublemakers 37 TheEntireWorldWillNeverBeTheSame

    Duração: 09min

  • TheTroublemakers 38 SheWorksHardForTheMoney

    Duração: 05min

  • TheTroublemakers 39 Conclusion

    Duração: 12min

  • TheTroublemakers 40 PostScript

    Duração: 22min

  • TheTroublemakers 41 Credits

    Duração: 31s