HBO’s Silicon Valley just finished a terrific third season. Audiences everywhere received a hilarious peek into some of the bizarre antics of the tech world, and the writers did an excellent job of keeping true to the unique culture of the Silicon Valley tech scene. With so many incredible episodes behind us, I’ve compiled some of my favorite moments from this season.
The fun started in the very first episode, when the fictional startup’s resident bad boy, Erlich Bachman, loses a fight with a deer-like robot that has apparently wandered off the Stanford campus. The robot in question was actually made by Boston Dynamics, a fellow technology powerhouse in Massachusetts!
One of the show’s best running jokes made its mark by poking fun at the business world’s obsession with forcing complicated company dynamics into an all-too-simplistic pictorial diagram. When trying to explain his methodology to Richard Hendricks, the tech-savvy, but unschooled in business buzzwords and methodologies CTO (and former CEO and soon to be CEO yet again), the short-lived CEO “Action” Jack Barker uses the Conjoined Triangles of Success to illustrate that compromise is at the center of all things. Although Barker never seems to be the one compromising, instead letting Richard and his team take on the brunt of all compromises by forcing them to develop the Box before they could focus their efforts on the Platform.
SimpliVity joined in on the fun by making our own version for the hyperconverged infrastructure category.
Another highpoint of this season of Silicon Valley was the budding business relationship between Bighead and Erlich, whose company, “Bachmanity,” is a curiously one-sided combination of their names, Bachman and Bighetti. Though the venture seems to be doomed from the outset, what with Erlich’s lavish spending spree and Bighead’s general indifference to all things, the two actually end up saving the whole Pied Piper team by outbidding Hooli’s Gavin Belson to purchase the company at the last second. Interestingly, the investors thus far who have profited from anything Pied Piper related have been Russ Hanneman who sold his shares to Raviga in season 2 and Erlich who sold his shares when he was in debt after the Bachmanity launch party on Alcatraz. It remains to be seen whether Erlich can strike gold again with this latest investment!
Perhaps my favorite moment of the season revolved around the Pied Piper team’s fashion choices. First, there was Dinesh bringing his gangsta gold chain into the Pied Piper office, and then, an even more daring wardrobe choice was made when Jared creates some of the ugliest varsity jackets to ever see the light of day. Who knew the Pied Piper team was so fashionable! And of course, we created our very own best of both worlds knock-off chain and jacket combo as well.
While all the moments from this season’s Silicon Valley were undoubtedly awesome, I think we can all agree the biggest highlight was the Pied Piper Box making its debut. And it was especially fun for us here at SimpliVity because we helped to inspire and create the Box! It was so exciting to see our product make it to Hollywood and have it used as such an integral part of the show. While the redesigned OmniCube started as the Pied Piper Box, it eventually ended up in the hands of Gavin Belson, Hooli, and Endframe. The season ends with the Box being positioned for an even bigger role next season as the Box is now the flagship product for Endframe.
Regardless of whatever happens with the Box on Silicon Valley in the next season, the good news is that the real system that inspired the box will continue doing its thing, delivering all IT infrastructure and data services for virtualized workloads with up to 3x TCO compared to legacy stack and public cloud alternatives. (This is the SimpliVity blog after all so a brief plug for our product had to be worked in somehow!!)
So with no more episodes to come until next season, we must pass our time in idle speculation on what might come next. Will the Box will be making a return next season on Silicon Valley? Will Monica join the Pied Piper crew now that she quit Raviga? Maybe Code Rag will find out about Jared and Richard’s click-farm antics and Pied Piper will find themselves back on the front pages of that esteemed publication? Maybe Russ Hanneman (and his tres commas tequila) will make a comeback and somehow buy back into Pied Piper? Whatever the season holds, I’m sure Gavin Belson will bring in at least a few animal friends to enliven his meetings with Hooli’s board of investors.
Before next season even arrives, there is already speculation that Pied Piper will be renamed as Erlich and Bighead indicated the start-up needs a fresh start under Bachmanity. What would you propose for the new company name? Tell us what you think should be the new Pied Piper name by tweeting to @SimpliVityCorp. There is still plenty of time to influence the writers!