Troublemakers: Silicon Valleys Coming Of Age

Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming Of Age


Acclaimed historian Leslie Berlin’s “deeply researched and dramatic narrative of Silicon Valley’s early years…is a meticulously told…compelling history” (The New York Times) of the men and women who chased innovation, and ended up changing the world.

Troublemakers 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 this vigorous account…a sturdy, skillfully constructed work” (Kirkus Reviews), 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, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.

“There is much to learn from Berlin’s account, particularly that Silicon Valley has long provided the backdrop where technology, elite education, institutional capital, and entrepreneurship collide with incredible force” (The Christian Science Monitor). Featured among well-known Silicon Valley innovators are Mike Markkula, the underappreciated chairman of Apple who owned one-third of the company; Bob Taylor, who 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 successful video game; Fawn Alvarez, who rose from the 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
    Duration: 14s
  • TheTroublemakers 02 Quote
    Duration: 01min
  • TheTroublemakers 03 Introduction
    Duration: 16min
  • TheTroublemakers 04 Arrival
    Duration: 05min
  • TheTroublemakers 05 PrometheusInThePentagon
    Duration: 01h12min
  • TheTroublemakers 06 NerdParadise
    Duration: 22min
  • TheTroublemakers 07 EightQuartersInHerPocket
    Duration: 14min
  • TheTroublemakers 08 TheFairChildren
    Duration: 22min
  • TheTroublemakers 09 WhatDoWeDoWithThese
    Duration: 23min
  • TheTroublemakers 10 ComeWithMeOrIllGoByMyself
    Duration: 16min
  • TheTroublemakers 11 Building
    Duration: 04min
  • TheTroublemakers 12 HaveYouSeenThisWoman
    Duration: 37min
  • TheTroublemakers 13 TurnYourBacksOnTheOrginsOfComputing
    Duration: 50min
  • TheTroublemakers 14 HitInTheAssByLighting
    Duration: 01h09min
  • TheTroublemakers 15 MakeItHappen
    Duration: 40min
  • TheTroublemakers 16 ThatsWhatIDidOnMondays
    Duration: 24min
  • TheTroublemakers 17 Challenges
    Duration: 05min
  • TheTroublemakers 18 INeededToLandBehindADesk
    Duration: 24min
  • TheTroublemakers 19 ThisIsABigFuckingDeal
    Duration: 21min
  • TheTroublemakers 20 OneMoreYearOrBust
    Duration: 29min
  • TheTroublemakers 21 NoIdeaHowYouStartACompany
    Duration: 53min
  • TheTroublemakers 22 ThatFlipsMySwitch
    Duration: 23min
  • TheTroublemakers 23 IveNeverSeenAManTypeThatFast
    Duration: 35min
  • TheTroublemakers 24 ThereAreNoStandardsYet
    Duration: 01h05min
  • TheTroublemakers 25 Triumph
    Duration: 06min
  • TheTroublemakers 26 LooksLike100MillionToMe
    Duration: 34min
  • TheTroublemakers 27 SittingInAKiddleSeat
    Duration: 38min
  • TheTroublemakers 28 CanYouImagineYourGrandmotherUsingONe
    Duration: 23min
  • TheTroublemakers 29 YoungManiacs
    Duration: 46min
  • TheTroublemakers 30 WhatInTheHellAreYouTryingToSay
    Duration: 15min
  • TheTroublemakers 31 WeDontNeedAnyMoney
    Duration: 40min
  • TheTroublemakers 32 Transition
    Duration: 03min
  • TheTroublemakers 33 TheRabbitsHoppedAway
    Duration: 30min
  • TheTroublemakers 34 VideoNation
    Duration: 11min
  • TheTroublemakers 35 KnewItBeforeTheyDid
    Duration: 08min
  • TheTroublemakers 36 NoOneThoughtTheyWouldSell
    Duration: 10min
  • TheTroublemakers 37 TheEntireWorldWillNeverBeTheSame
    Duration: 09min
  • TheTroublemakers 38 SheWorksHardForTheMoney
    Duration: 05min
  • TheTroublemakers 39 Conclusion
    Duration: 12min
  • TheTroublemakers 40 PostScript
    Duration: 22min
  • TheTroublemakers 41 Credits
    Duration: 31s