In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business.
Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman who would co-invent the microchip, an essential component of nearly all modern electronics today, including computers, motor vehicles, cell phones and household appliances.
This PBS documentary from the series American Experience shows us the story of Silicon Valley.
Here is see the first part of the documentary.
You can read the transcript here and access to some other resources about the documentary here.