Documentary photographer Doug Menuez recently published a new book of unreleased candids entitled Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley.

The 192-page hardcover book details the rise of tech masterminds such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as they revolutionized the digital landscape during the early days of Apple, Microsoft and NeXT.

The project began in the spring of 1985 when Menuez, fascinated by the technological revolution underway in the Silicon Valley, was permitted by Steve Jobs to photograph him and his team as they prepared for the product launch of NeXT Computers.

From there, the project grew to include fellow titans, such as John Warnock at Adobe, John Sculley at Apple, Bill Gates at Microsoft, John Doerr at Kleiner Perkins, Bill Joy at Sun Microsystems and Gordon Moore and Andy Grove at Intel.

The miscellany of photos stretch from 1985, the early days of the budding technology boom, to the eventual dot-com bubble of 1997-2000.

Menuez, through his grainy, black-and-white stills, allows a peek into the nostalgically wondrous days of young creators – a time in which a pack of twenty-something Silicon Valley tech-geeks banded together to pioneer a new digital age.


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Thomas Freeman is Texas-transplant and aspiring journalist trying (but often failing) to navigate New York City. A current NYU student, Thomas also writes articles and manages media content for 20to30.

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