HBO’s newest show about the “Entourage” like lifestyle of tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley aired last night. Normally, HBO is known for airing great shows, but “Silicon Valley” has received some mixed reviews from those who actually work in the industry, whether it’s poorly researched, superficial, and even racist.
The show follows the life of an introverted programmer named Richard, played by Thomas Middleditch, whose music site Pied Piper becomes the subject of a bidding war between companies that resemble Google and venture capitalists looking to pounce on his compression algorithm.
Elon Musk, one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting entrepreneurs, shared his thoughts on the show and how “Silicon Valley” was depicted as too “Hollywood” for him. Among other comments, Musk had this to say about the show’s creator, Mike Judge:
“I really feel like Mike Judge has never been to Burning Man, which is Silicon Valley…If you haven’t been, you just don’t get it. You could take the craziest L.A. party and multiply it by a thousand, and it doesn’t even get fucking close to what’s in Silicon Valley..”
In an attempt to connect with their online fan base, HBO released the series premiere of “Silicon Valley” on YouTube.
Have a 30-min break from work? Watch it here on YouTube and decide for yourself if the show is a good satire of Silicon Valley and the lives of tech entrepreneurs: