Learning Business From the Big Screen
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Competition is good for business. This made-for-TV drama captures the rivalry between Apple and Microsoft as Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) both begin to build their technology empires in the 1980s. Though the film is fictional, it does translate an intense rivalry between two businessmen, and how they constantly feed off that rivalry. Considering that the real Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are now at the top of their industry, looks like the movie was making (at least one) point: When you’re just starting out, a little competition never hurt anyone.