HBO’S Sil­i­con Val­ley is not en­tirely ac­cu­rate, but some episodes hi­lar­i­ously hit the mark

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Castillo: It’s funny to see how the me­dia paints an ex­ag­ger­ated view of what it’s like to work in tech. Of course, you have to take th­ese with a grain of salt but you just have to ex­pe­ri­ence it your­self to re­ally un­der­stand what it’s like. There’s no one stereo­type that does jus­tice to what it’s like to work in Sil­i­con Val­ley and a lot of it de­pends on the kind of com­pany you work for and the peo­ple you sur­round your­self with.

Tan: It’s hi­lar­i­ous! I find it to be a fairly ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what’s go­ing on in star­tups within the Bay Area. As a TV show, of course there will be some ex­ag­ger­a­tions—for ex­am­ple, the con­cept of op­ti­mal tip-totip ef­fi­ciency—if you re­mem­ber that episode. If you don’t know what I’m talk­ing about, you should watch it as it is one of the most hi­lar­i­ous scenes that I’ve seen! [Sea­son 1, Episode 8, where the five founders of startup Pied Piper de­bate the math of efficiently jerking off 800 peo­ple ]. That said, the cul­ture is di­verse and there are vari­a­tions from one com­pany to an­other.

An­to­nio: Most Tv/movie por­tray­als of SV peo­ple are hard­core geeks who sit and stare at their com­put­ers for hours on end. But most of us are nor­mal. We work, go to the gym, spend time out­side of of­fice in a

so­cial en­vi­ron­ment, play bas­ket­ball, travel, watch sports. It’s pretty nor­mal to me. One thing ac­cu­rate though is that peo­ple here are very de­ter­mined and highly driven. They are focused on how to be suc­cess­ful and al­ways look­ing for­ward in build­ing or help build­ing the next uni­corn.

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