Pirates Essay

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Pirates of Silicon Valley The Pirates of Silicon Valley is a film about Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computers and Bill Gates co-founder of Microsoft. This film historically traces the development of these two computer companies from the time these two gentlemen are college (the early to mid 1970’s)to approximately 3 months before Steve Jobs was fired by John Sculley, then CEO of Apple Computer in 1985. This movie is a fictionalized account of the early professional lives of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, two men who made the technology world what it is today. The movie presents their struggles during college, the humble beginnings of their companies (Microsoft and Apple respectively) and the ingenuity that took them from where they were to where they are now. This film shows not only the development of these two computer companies, but also the rilvary between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It highlights the computer giants of that time, who were Hewlett Packard, Xerox and IBM. However, the idea of the personal computer was just gaining speed and this is where both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates found their niche. The film's main point is that both Apple and Microsoft gained their key functionality, the image-based screen display of a computer system (GUI) and the 'mouse' pointing device, by 'pirating' the ideas. Apple swipes them from Xerox, then Microsoft swipes them from Apple. What is also very interesting in this film is the individual character development of both Jobs and Gates. We learn early on that Steve Jobs is adopted and he faces many difficult issues because of his lack of self-identification as a result of the adoption. He sees himself as a visionary, an artist, one who “can change history”, and "a man who sees the future" and yet is hesitant to take responsibility for the illegitimate child he brings into the world. Jobs was fired in Apple because of

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