They Are Back – HBO’s Silicon Valley Season 3 Is Here

The motley crew from HBO’s Silicon Valley is back. The popular series premieres on April 24, 2016. Mike Judge and his crew have brilliantly captured the essence of Silicon Valley’s startup culture with its warts and all. HBO’s Silicon Valley gives you a sense of what it takes to do a startup in Silicon Valley.

The TV series takes you behind the scenes and reveals how entrepreneurs struggle to make a mark and the various hoops they jump to raise money.  So far we have witnessed the fictional startup Pied Piper’s efforts to differentiate itself and  raise money. We have also seen the shenanigans of one of its investors and his obsession with the Tres Comma Club.

It looks like Season 3 is going to be a riveting watch as we witness the folks at Pied Piper go to the next level of growth.  There is that all too familiar storyline of how founders get replaced by seasoned CEOs. It looks like Pied Piper’s founder is going to become “an employee of his own company.” And I guess we can expect to see and hear a lot of those Unicorns in Silicon Valleys and their burn rate.

In case you missed – here is my interview with Dr. Vinith Misra, who is a technical consultant for HBO’s Silicon Valley series. All those algorithms on the blackboard and the geek speak in the show is a contribution of Dr. Misra.

 

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PODCAST: MEET DR. VINITH MISRA, TECHNICAL CONSULTANT FOR HBO’s SILICON VALLEY

Vinit Misra

Vinit Misra

 

Ever wondered who created the compression algorithms and all the technical stuff  in the startup world that you see in HBO’s Silicon ValleyWe talk to the character behind the technology. Meet Dr. Vinith Misra, the technical consultant, who worked with Mike Judge and his team on the series.

He was working on his PhD with Prof. Tsachy Weissman at Stanford, when they were contacted by the creators of Silicon Valley to help them with the technical aspects of the TV series. And that is how Dr. Misra got involved in the show, which he describes as a dark comedy set in the world of startup, unicorns and Tres Comma Club.

Dr. Misra is very familiar with Silicon Valley’s startup and tech culture since this is where he grew up and went to school except for a brief foray to the East Coast to study at MIT. He now works in Silicon Valley.

Judge and his team’s requirement for the show were deeply authentic points out Dr. Misra. They just did not want authentic technology, but also one that bordered on being provocative and that was an interesting challenge for him. He helped create the technical world and all the deep compression technology that is at the heart of the show.

We talk to Dr. Misra on how he landed up working on Silicon Valley, and how he balanced his research work at Stanford and working on the project.  Tune in to find out Dr. Misra has to say on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

LISTEN: DR. VINITH MISRA, TECHNICAL CONSULTANT FOR HBO’s SILICON VALLEY

Judge was a test engineer and spent time working in Silicon Valley before he migrated south to Los Angeles to work on films and television.

This interview was originally aired on TV in San Francisco Bay area. You can watch the TV interview on our YouTube channel.

 

HBO’s Silicon Valley Season Two Premieres Today


They are back. You know the  nerd pack from “Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper consisting of Richard Hendriks, Bertram Gilfoyle,  Dinesh Chugtai Ehrlich Bachman and others. After a successful first season, HBO’s “Silicon Valley premiers its second season today. Sadly, Christopher Evan, who plays the socially awkward Venture Capitalist Peter Gregory in the series passed away. He will be missed.

Ever wonder how they get the tech part right in the TV series? They have a technical consultant who helps them get all the technical details right, including all those scribblings on the board. Meet Dr. Vinith Misra, who was a doctoral student at Stanford University, when he got an opportunity to work with the creators of “Silicon Valley.”  In a way this is Dr. Misra’s dream come true since it marries his love for technology with drama and films. A few months ago  I interviewed him about his technical consultant role in “Silicon Valley.” Check out the interview.

 

 

Video: Meet Dr. Vinith Misra, Technical Consultant for HBO’s Silicon Valley

In a few weeks time we will get to see the second season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” When the show debuted last year I was a bit skeptical and unsure if I wanted to watch it. But, this was a Mike Judge show and I thoroughly enjoyed his film “Office Space.”  I  tuned into the first show of “Silicon Valley,” and not sure what to make of it.Anyway, I watched the second, third and by the fourth episode I started to enjoy the show and was amazed by the attention to technical details in the show.

Judge had spent sometime working for a tech company in Silicon Valley and that explains that attention to technical details. But, who was the technical consultant that helped Judge and his team with the algorithms and all the geeky details for Pied Piper? Turns out it was Dr. Vinith Misra, who is the technical consultant for the show. He was a student at Stanford University when he first started working with the show and is working with them for the show’s second season. Here is a trailer of the second season of “Silicon Valley,” that we can watch in a few weeks time.

Here is our interview with Dr. Vinith Misra, who shares how he got to work with the team at “Silicon Valley.”

 

HBO’s Silicon Valley

HBO’s new show “Silicon Valley,” is at the end of its first season and has found a strong fan base.  I was skeptical and unconvinced when I saw the first episode called “Minimum Viable Product.” It had lots of of hype and did paint a very flattering  picture of this “cradle of innovation” and startup culture. The show appeared a tad cliched in terms of the characters. You see they had a token desi (South Asian) in that startup team. You gotta have a desi, right? So, there is Dinesh played by Kumail Nanjiani. And then they had a not-s-nice character, who likes to get everyone riled up. Meet plays Erlich Bachman played by TJ Miler, who  needs a special mention for adding that interestingness angle to the show.

By the time the  fourth episode “Fiduciary Duties” rolled by I was mildly hooked and by their seventh episode “Proof of Concept,” I was hooked to the show. And by their final episode I was exhibiting those classic withdrawal symptoms. When will the  new season start? What will happen to Piped Piper, the fictional startup in the show? Will they cross the chasm and make it to the other side? Will they be able to build, test and ship their produce successfully? Or, will they drown in a bug-infested digital wasteland?

Mike Judge the creator of this series takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the startup culture and the cut-throat competition that exists behind the scenes in Silicon Valley.  I believe “skewers” was the word Wired used in their article about Judge and “Silicon Valley.” Judge is a former software developer and the creator “Office Space” that has a cult following among developers and geeks.    Judge definitely has a good feel for the startup and geek culture that permeates Silicon Valley and does a brilliant job of capturing that ambiance in his new show.

And yes, the show has a second season coming up.