Download: The True Story of the Internet

1. Browser Wars

This is the story of an epic battle between America’s mightiest corporation and a small group of “computer geeks” who created a revolutionary technology.

2. Search

In a few short years, a new and unique way of finding information revolutionized the Web. In the process, Google grew into one of the largest companies in the United States.

3. Bubble

The founders of Amazon and e-Bay, Jeff Bezos and Pierre Omidyar, tell the stories of how their businesses grew from nothing to dominate the global economy. These companies have changed the way Americans live.

4. People Power

The Internet has changed society and a new breed of entrepreneurs is shaping the digital future. Find out how it all started with Napster, a way of swapping music dreamt up by the teenaged Shawn Fanning.”

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Download: The True Story of the Internet is about a revolution — the technological, cultural, commercial and social revolution that has radically changed our lives. And for the first time on television, we hear how it happened from the men and women who made it possible.

From the founders of eBay, Yahoo, Amazon, Netscape, Google and many others, we hear amazing stories of how, in ten short years, the Internet took over our lives. These extraordinary men and women tell us how they went from being geeky, computer obsessed nerds to being 21st-century visionaries in the time it takes most people to get their first promotion. And, how they made untold billions along the way.

The style of the story-telling is up close and personal. With first-hand testimony from the people that matter, we tell a story that has all the excitement of a thriller — full of battles and back-stabbing, moments of genius and moments of sheer hilarity. You will never surf the net in the same way again.

Download is hosted by technology journalist John Heileman. He’s an edgy, combative, hi-energy New Yorker who never takes anything at face value. He’s also a personal friend of most of Silicon Valley’s most important characters and he revels in craziness of it all. After all, this is a story in which 20-year-olds become overnight billionaires, create, destroy and re-create more wealth in ten years then human race has ever seen, and still struggle to get a date.

Download: The True Story of the Internet, 6.2 out of 10 based on 11 ratings

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  • Buzz Not

    Might be an interesting doc, but the host, John Helleman, is beyond insufferable. I had to shut this off only a few minutes in because I just could take him.

    • Vlad

      Agreed. He simply sucks as a host. There is another host who I don’t know the name of that has driven me insane after 15 seconds because his delivery sounds like a breathy pedophile. No emotion and horribly boring. I swear I’ve seen shows where the pedophile criminal had that particular style of speech. It sounds like he is talking around a penis.

      I’ll sacrifice viewing a video if the people talking are an annoyance. There are plenty of awesome documentaries to watch without having to deal with your skin crawling and seriously wanting to use a double-bit ax to kill the narrator. Most film folks can verify that if sound is bad, it will single handedly ruin a film. It applies to Tv and radio, too.

  • Buzz Not

    Meant to say, of course, that I could NOT take a moment more of John Helleman and his Kris Angel delivery, sticking his face into the camera every few minutes. The guy is too much.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIVvjZc9Y QQ

      BAWWWWW

  • Generous

    No matter what Gates may have done in the past, he is unarguably one of the most generous people today.

  • Celltribe

    The idiot who narrates this is a giant douche. This Guy isn’t a journalist. He’s a parasite with no presence.

  • http://ventanadeloscielos.blogspot.com Diogenes Pocaterra

    Estoy construyendo la red social financiera y este trabajo me ha dado una gran ayuda.

    Gracias Jhon.

  • Ace Michigan

    Hello! Do someone know where to get english subtitle of part 2 and 4?

    I have a midterm exam this August and still I cannot comprehend with the video itself since I do not understand some of the terms said (particularly the spelling and organization of terms) especially that I cannot decipher the host’s accent. Or if not, can someone send me a detailed plot (aside from the one-sentence or two written there) or outlide about the two parts?

    Please email me here—[email protected] under the subject INTERNET. Please please please! I need it. Thank you.! :-*