Meet Peter Jones: Brilliant, mercurial, he changed the face of an industry and literally invented the personal computer. And Matthew Locke: Quintessential company man and marketing genius, he reached the top of New York's corporate ladder while still in his thirties. Both are determined to control Via Computer Inc. -- the personal computer company that Jones began in his garage, forged out of vision and chutzpah, and, some say, the company he is dangerously close to destroying.
A clash is inevitable. At the center of the storm lies a simple question: What defines a company -- its people, its product, or its vision?
Here are Silicon Valley's legendary players: the supercharged young wizards, the glossy baby execs, the bored rich and the shrewd parasites they attract, all woven into a taut suspense novel told by one of the Valley's own.