The motley crew from HBO’s Silicon Valley is back. The popular series premieres onApril 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 likeSeason 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.
Ever wondered who created the compression algorithms and all the technical stuff in the startup world that you see in HBO’s Silicon Valley. We 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.