HBO's 'Silicon Valley': See Pied Piper's fake website
Are you watching Silicon Valley, HBO’s pitch-perfect sendup of the tech world? (Well, pitch perfect besides its near total lack of female characters. Wait, what’s that you say? This is what Silicon Valley is actually like? Never mind!)
If you are, you’ll be pleased to note that Pied Piper — the fledgling startup at the center of the series — just got its own spiffy website. Hell, even if you don’t already watch the show, give this page a whirl; if incredible strings of technological gobbledygook (“Pied Piper is a multi-platform technology based on a proprietary universal compression algorithm that has consistently fielded high Weisman Scores™ that are not merely competitive, but approach the theoretical limit of lossless compression”) can’t convince you to check it out, nothing will.
Scroll around, and you’ll find awkward shots of the show’s cast, an “About Us” section that details fun facts about each of Pied Piper’s main players, and more than a few lines of text that prove just how much care was put into PiedPiper.com. (Wait, which real-life irrigation company did HBO have to pay off to get the rights to that domain name?) A brief sampling:
“In its original incarnation, Pied Piper was a songwriter-oriented music app that made it easier for songwriters to determine if their work infringed on other’s copyright. And frankly, we still think that wasn’t a terrible idea, and we were kind of looking forward to doing it, because who doesn’t like music, right?”
“[Erlich] has attended, for various lengths of time, Berkeley, Reed, Oberlin, and Hampshire College (B.A. in Ultimate Frisbee).”
“Born in Islamabad, Dinesh became a naturalized citizen in 2010, unlike Gilfoyle, who was an illegal Canadian alien until quite recently and is a piece of garbage.”
The only thing that’s missing, probably because the series hasn’t had to address it yet: A touching tribute to brilliant, weirdo angel investor Peter Gregory, played on Valley by the late Christopher Evan Welch. (Welch succumbed to cancer last December, before he had finished shooting the series’ first season.)