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Book: False Value

Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up—the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son.
posted by dinty_moore on Feb 25, 2020 - 11 comments

Silicon Valley: Exit Event  Season 6, Ep 7

Series finale. Ahead of a career-defining moment, Richard makes a startling discovery that sends the entire Pied Piper team racing to pull off a spectacular feat on the day of a big launch. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Dec 11, 2019 - 18 comments

Silicon Valley: RussFest  Season 6, Ep 6

Richard, Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared face their greatest challenge yet as a massive event tests PiperNet’s capabilities, while Laurie’s unexpected presence makes them wary of sabotage. Meanwhile, Monica discovers Jian-Yang is using Pied Piper’s name for his own benefit. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Dec 4, 2019 - 7 comments

Silicon Valley: Tethics  Season 6, Ep 5

Richard fumes at Gavin’s new ethical stance while Dinesh’s trip to Hawaii turns into a nightmare. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Nov 26, 2019 - 4 comments

Silicon Valley: Artificial Lack of Intelligence  Season 6, Ep 1

Season Six Premiere. Richard discovers his promise to keep Pied Piper free from collecting user data is under threat. Jared finds himself missing his role as Richard's go-to guy and revisits the hacker hostel. Gilfoyle devises a creative way to deal with Dinesh's complaining.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Nov 6, 2019 - 4 comments

Book: Bad Blood

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Mar 27, 2019 - 10 comments

Movie: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company. Directed and written by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room).
posted by Cash4Lead on Mar 21, 2019 - 19 comments

Silicon Valley: Fifty-One Percent  Season 5, Ep 8

In the season five finale, Monica is suspicious of PiperNet's early success. The team races against the clock when their future is threatened. Richard makes a surprising move.
posted by Tevin on Jun 29, 2018 - 7 comments

Silicon Valley: Initial Coin Offering  Season 5, Ep 7

Pied Piper inches towards securing their Series B funding. Gilfoyle suggest a risky proposition. Dinesh gets competitive with a co-worker. Richard receives unsettling news.
posted by Tevin on Jun 29, 2018 - 1 comment

Silicon Valley: Tech Evangelist  Season 5, Ep 4

Richard attempts to woo a new client; Gavin's team ponders a cryptic message; Jared gains intel from Big Head. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 17, 2018 - 13 comments

Silicon Valley: Chief Operating Officer  Season 5, Ep 3

Encouraged by Jared to strike up a friendship with Dana, a like-minded CEO, Richard instead finds himself charmed by Dana's COO, who challenges his loyalty to Gilfoyle; Dinesh's impulse purchase forces him to search for a new roommate.
posted by gladly on Apr 9, 2018 - 15 comments

Silicon Valley: Reorientation  Season 5, Ep 2

Richard manages a number of small conflicts in his efforts to unite his new employees; Dinesh celebrates a new purchase that Gilfoyle looks to spoil; Jian-Yang goes to court; Gavin meets pushback over his signature and what it says about him. [more inside]
posted by potrzebie on Apr 2, 2018 - 6 comments

Silicon Valley: Server Error  Season 4, Ep 10

In the Season 4 finale, Richard's caught in a web of lies in a last-ditch attempt to save Pied Piper. Meanwhile, Jared plans his exit when he's worried about Richard's future; Jack tries to change the narrative; and Gavin plots his comeback.
posted by noneuclidean on Jun 26, 2017 - 21 comments

Silicon Valley: Hooli-con  Season 4, Ep 9

Erlich goes on a trip to get his mojo back while the guys head to Hooli-Con, where Jared faces a moral dilemma; Gilfoyle and Dinesh are distracted by Keenan; and Richard becomes obsessed with an ex's new beau.
posted by noneuclidean on Jun 19, 2017 - 11 comments

Silicon Valley: The Keenan Vortex  Season 4, Ep 8

Richard ponders a deal with the tech world's latest "it" boy; Jack faces setbacks.
posted by noneuclidean on Jun 12, 2017 - 11 comments

Silicon Valley: The Patent Troll  Season 4, Ep 7

Richard decides to stand up to a patent troll, but his defiance comes back to haunt him; Gilfoyle goes to extremes to battle Jian-Yang's new smart fridge; Jared embraces multiple identities in an effort to reduce costs; Erlich mixes with a group of alpha males.
posted by noneuclidean on Jun 5, 2017 - 13 comments

Silicon Valley: Customer Service  Season 4, Ep 6

Erlich searches for relevance, Richard strikes a deal with acquaintances from the past and present, and Guilfoyle and Dinesh find a bug in their software.
posted by rhizome on May 29, 2017 - 5 comments

Silicon Valley: The Blood Boy  Season 4, Ep 5

Richard's latest partnership begins to crumble when he has to deal with an unexpected interloper. Meanwhile, Dinesh looks for a way out of his new relationship; and Monica faces a business dilemma after learning of surprising developments at Raviga.
posted by noneuclidean on May 22, 2017 - 13 comments

Silicon Valley: Teambuilding Exercise  Season 4, Ep 4

Jared worries about Richard when he reaches out to an unlikely ally; Gilfoyle gets serious about security after Dinesh's latest dalliance; Erlich grows concerned about Jian-Yang's commitment to his app.
posted by noneuclidean on May 15, 2017 - 13 comments

Silicon Valley: Intellectual Property  Season 4, Ep 3

Richard pushes himself to the brink of sanity while trying to move ahead with his next big idea; Erlich finds Jian-Yang unwilling to help with his comeback; Monica sets a trap at Raviga to improve her standing with Laurie; Dinesh goes on a date; Big Head enters the world of academia; Gavin's future is suddenly uncertain.
posted by noneuclidean on May 8, 2017 - 15 comments

Movie: The Circle

After landing a dream job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, a woman wrestles with whether the firm's 24/7/365 connectivity agenda represents a brave new world in which "Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better" or a horrifying breach of individual autonomy and privacy.
posted by carmicha on May 3, 2017 - 5 comments

Silicon Valley: Terms of Service  Season 4, Ep 2

Richard clashes with Dinesh when the latter's new position goes to his head. Meanwhile, Richard uncovers interesting data about PiperChat's users; Erlich tries to get involved in Jian-Yang's new app; and Jared sets ground rules in his friendship with Richard. At Hooli, Jack's enthusiasm causes a paranoid Gavin to make a rash decision.
posted by noneuclidean on May 1, 2017 - 12 comments

Silicon Valley: Success Failure  Season 4, Ep 1

In the Season 4 premiere, the guys struggle to find funding for Pied Piper's video-chat app to keep up with their rapidly growing user base. Meanwhile, Erlich encounters resistance from Big Head's dad; Gavin clashes with Jack Barker at Hooli; and Richard hatches a revolutionary idea that could change his future.
posted by noneuclidean on Apr 24, 2017 - 21 comments

Silicon Valley: The Uptick  Season 3, Ep 10

Pied Piper is running out of runway, Jared cries for ordinary reasons, and Bachmanity ensues. Season finale.
posted by rhizome on Jun 26, 2016 - 37 comments

Silicon Valley: Daily Active Users  Season 3, Ep 9

Pied Piper struggles to increase its Daily Active Users, as the platform is too confusing for regular, non-engineer users. Meanwhile, back at Hooli, Gavin Belson uses some inside-PP information to weasel (possum?) his way back into his old job.
posted by joan cusack the second on Jun 20, 2016 - 36 comments

Silicon Valley: Bachman's Earnings Over-Ride  Season 3, Ep 8

Erlich has a secret; Richard deals with PR; Jared makes a jacket.
posted by rhizome on Jun 12, 2016 - 18 comments

Silicon Valley: To Build a Better Beta  Season 3, Ep 7

The Pied Piper releases in beta, while Dinesh and Gilfoyle debate who has fewer friends. Erlich faces a difficult decision regarding how to pay the vendors for last week's Alcatraz luau. Meanwhile, back and Hooli, Gavin's needy head of security gets his hands on a copy of the Pied Piper beta and wants to tell you how security is like great jazz.
posted by joan cusack the second on Jun 6, 2016 - 24 comments

Silicon Valley: The Empty Chair  Season 3, Ep 5

Richard gets inarticulate when stressed, Laurie is not here just for fun, and Bachmanity ensues. Written by Megan Amram.
posted by rhizome on May 22, 2016 - 37 comments

Silicon Valley: Maleant Data Systems Solutions  Season 3, Ep 4

The Battle of Jack and the Box continues. Gavin and Big Head both make moves. Rats.
posted by rhizome on May 16, 2016 - 23 comments

Silicon Valley: Two In The Box  Season 3, Ep 2

Richard explores the flexibility in his new role as CTO at Pied Piper under CEO Jack Barker, while Jared and Erlich wrestle with landlord issues. Meanwhile, Gilfoyle and Dinesh discover all the perks of the new Pied Piper space. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on May 2, 2016 - 38 comments

Silicon Valley: Founder Friendly  Season 3, Ep 1

After being unceremoniously fired, an angry Richard faces a tough decision: accept the diminished role of CTO, or leave Pied Piper for good. Erlich takes a shine to Jack Barker, Laurie's new choice of CEO, while Dinesh and Gilfoyle weigh their options in Richard's absence. At Hooli, Gavin tries to improve his image by admitting failure, and Big Head gets wind of major changes.
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 25, 2016 - 29 comments

Silicon Valley: Two Days of the Condor  Season 2, Ep 10

Richard awaits the verdict of the arbitration with Hooli, while the rest of the Pied Piper team works frantically to keep the livestream of the fallen condor-cam-remover-man up and running with many thousands of viewers. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Jun 15, 2015 - 33 comments

Silicon Valley: Binding Arbitration  Season 2, Ep 9

The Hooli lawsuit finally heads to arbitration after Bighead hands Richard a Nucleus beta phone that is barely functioning. Gilfoyle, Dinesh, and Jared discuss their culpability in some unfortunate developments with the Pied Piper condor egg livestream. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Jun 8, 2015 - 15 comments

Silicon Valley: White Hat/Black Hat  Season 2, Ep 8

Pied Piper and EndFrame face off in a bake-off to compress InterSite's entire adult video catalog, while Richard has face-to-face meetings with his no-money money-guy Russ Hanneman and disgruntled EndFrame employee Seth. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Jun 1, 2015 - 23 comments

Silicon Valley: Adult Content  Season 2, Ep 7

Richard explores his options with EndFrame, the company that stole his algorithm. Russ Hanneman is reeling from some devastating news, and asks Pied Piper to flip their business model on its head immediately. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on May 27, 2015 - 9 comments

Silicon Valley: Homicide  Season 2, Ep 6

After Hooli's disastrous UFC event streaming, Monica urges the Pied Piper team to host their own streaming event to capitalize on Hooli's bad press. Erlich suggests partnering with Homicide energy drinks, run by his old college friend Double-A. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on May 18, 2015 - 24 comments

Silicon Valley: Server Space  Season 2, Ep 5

After six new hires, Pied Piper is ready to move out of Erlich's house and into a real office (a space with exposed brick beneath a modeling agency)...until Gavin Belson blacklists them from all web-based servers and Richard is forced to choose between offices and servers. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on May 11, 2015 - 16 comments

Podcast: StartUp Podcast: Another Side Of The Story (Season 2, #3)

Picking up where the last episode left off, at YC's Demo Day, the women of Dating Ring start trying to raise money. At the post-Demo mixer, Emma gets her first (literal) brush with sexism when an investor gropes her and then offers her $50k. Subsequent meetings go better and they manage to raise $400k in angel funds while "riding the wave." Then the tide turns - the investors' questions start getting tougher, and the rejections pile up. The founders begin to wonder - how much of their struggle is due to quality of their product and pitch, and how much is just plain sexism?
posted by radioamy on May 8, 2015 - 4 comments

Silicon Valley: The Lady  Season 2, Ep 4

The Pied Piper team interviews potential new hires and makes two offers, one of which is to a woman engineer, but "the 'woman' part of that statement is irrelevant." Erlich and Richard are at odds over the other candidate: a technical cyborg also named Jared who burned Erlich at Aviato. Russ Hanneman wants $30K worth of swag. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on May 4, 2015 - 16 comments

Silicon Valley: Bad Money  Season 2, Ep 3

On the heels of the Hooli lawsuit, Richard reveals Gavin Belson's buy-out offer to a less-than-enthusiastic rest of the Pied Piper Team. A new, ROI-obsessed investor may be just what Richard needs to remain independent. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Apr 27, 2015 - 25 comments

Silicon Valley: Sand Hill Shuffle  Season 2, Ep 1

Riding the wave of a TechCrunch Disrupt win, Richard and Erlich meet with multiple venture capitalists to negotiate their way to the best deal for Pied Piper. Gilfoyle and Dinesh argue about who is CTO, and Jared still isn't allowed in meetings. [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 comments

Podcast: How Did This Get Made?: 99 A View To a Kill: LIVE (w/ Matt Gourley, Matt Mira)

In a very special podcast cross-over event, Bond experts Matt Gourley and Matt Mira of James Bonding join Paul, June, and Jason to figure out if A View To a Kill is the worst Bond movie of all time. Recorded LIVE at Largo in Los Angeles, they cover h...
posted by He Is Only The Imposter on Dec 12, 2014 - 14 comments

Movie: Innerspace

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 13, 2014 - 11 comments

Silicon Valley: Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency  Season 1, Ep 8

Data is discussed. Erlich is revoltingly awesome. Jared comes (further) undone. Season finale, but the show is renewed for a second short season. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jun 2, 2014 - 30 comments

Silicon Valley: Third Party Insourcing  Season 1, Ep 6

Pied Piper needs a hacker, "The Carver" to work out cloud computing, Jared gets a signature and Gilfoyle's girlfriend moves in for a while. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on May 12, 2014 - 16 comments

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