Nerd Pride Friday: Triumph of the Nerds

This Friday, I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite and nerdiest documentaries of the technology industry.  Given the presence of the late Steve Jobs in the media lately – his loss to cancer, the new Walter Issaccon biography, and Apple’s re-creation of personal computing – I thought it would be nice to reflect upon Jobs’ first major impact into our technological lives. 

15 years ago, PBS created a documentary called Triumph of the Nerds:  An Irreverent History of the PC Industry.  It was hosted by Bob Cringely, who at the time wrote a column for InfoWorld about the goings-on of Silicon Valley and now writes a weekely column, I, Cringely.  In it, Cringely humorously and effectively describes how Steve Jobs and Bill Gates created the PC industry as we know it. 

I was always impressed with this documentary and the impact the subjects (especially Jobs) had on our lives through their business and technology pursuits.  I personally think it’s amazing and worth your time watching.  They made another documentary about the history of the Internet:  Nerds 2.0.1 – this second documentary was done in 1998 and the Internet as we know it was probably only three years old or so…

I currently serve as Director in the Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). I've served as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates and in leadership positions with Elanix, Inc. (now Agilent Technologies) and Mentor Graphics. I've served the public as Chair of the Thousand Oaks, CA Planning Commission and now work in New York City. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daughter Monroe. Learn more about me »

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