Bank­ing on suc­cess

Be­ing a tech whizz is haz­ardous to your health and bank bal­ance. Just ask the nerds in sea­son 4 of Sil­i­con Val­ley.

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Sil­i­con Val­ley Sea­son 4 Fri­days (from 16 June) M-Net (*101) 23:30

They’re back! And the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs wannabes of cy­ber com­edy se­ries Sil­i­con Val­ley (2014- cur­rent) mean busi­ness. “Richard isn’t think­ing mil­lions,” says lead ac­tor Thomas Mid­dled­itch. “He’s think­ing bil­lions. He thinks he’s re­ally go­ing to do it [with his al­go­rithm]. He’s not like any of the other pre­tenders.” Could’ve fooled us, be­cause sea­son 4 starts with key­board king Richard in more than just a spot of bother: he’s lost his com­pany and the plot! “Richard flirts with the dark side and he en­joys it,” says Thomas. And he’s not the only char­ac­ter chang­ing this time…


Di­nesh (Ku­mail Nan­jiani) is king from episode 1 as CEO of PiperChat. By episode 2 (23 June), he gets a $21 bil­lion fine be­cause the Ts & Cs don’t pro­tect mi­nors from preda­tors. He starts as… a cocky coder who won’t be the boss or get the girls. And he be­comes… a one-time CEO who lost bil­lions. At least he had sex. Bil­lion­aire tech boss Gavin Bel­son (Matt Ross) is fu­elled by re­venge in episode 1 af­ter his bil­lion­aire em­ployee Jack (Stephen Tobolowsky) tricks him into wast­ing money on a not-sosamll pri­vate plane flight de­tour. He starts as… tech com­pany Hooli CEO who’s still af­ter Richard’s code. And he be­comes… job­less in episode 3 (30 June) af­ter Jack rec­om­mends he take PiperChat from Di­nesh. Not that Di­nesh minds palm­ing off his fine…. And mild-man­nered ad­min guy Jared (Zach Woods) tries to help Richard get back on his feet with his episode 2 dreams of a “new” in­ter­net. He starts as… the go-to-guy when the guys are in a bind. Es­pe­cially le­gal-wise. And he be­comes… a foul-mouthed rag­ing bull in episode 4 (7 July) when he sees Richard be­ing walked over again.


Richard’s plan for a new in­ter­net is fea­si­ble. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of Mesh Net­work­ing and P2P net­work­ing but would re­quire “unimag­in­ably mas­sive re­sources and brain­power to get right,” say tech ex­perts.

Soft­ware pro­gram­mer Richard’s world and busi­ness fall apart.

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