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