Much ado has been made about Randi Zuckerberg’s foray into reality television with Bravo’s new series Silicon Valley. The show will follow the lives of a handful of fresh-faced founders as they struggle to get their budding startups off the ground from an outrageously gorgeous “villa” nestled in the San Francisco hills.
Today, The New York Times ran a new piece about the show, chronicling the self-righteous reactions Valley types have when Hollywood cameras burst onto their hallowed ground. There’s nothing new about this tsk-tsking: Area bloggers have long since clutched their pearls and baby-faced tech wunderkinds have already tweeted their disgust (“Yuck, please stay in LA”). But the piece does boast some juicy quotes that have us thinking Silicon Valley will be all that we’ve eagerly anticipated and much, much more.
Take some choice quotes from Ben Way, one half of the British brother-sister duo building a fitness app:
“The thing about Silicon Valley is it forgives failure — but not as many times as we’ve failed.”
“I can’t believe how many entrepreneurs commit suicide.”
“Last night, there were like four of my ex-girlfriends in the house — and I’ve only been here a year.”
And this dig from the feisty Kim Taylor, a Chicago-an who’s working on a fashion startup:
One line, delivered by Ms. Taylor, seemed to provoke special ire: “Silicon Valley is high school, but it’s only the smart kids and everyone has a lot of money.” (Later, she qualified her remarks on Twitter. “Apologies that I said Silicon Valley was like high school. I meant middle school.”)
And yet, while it’s these glossy-haired star chasers that will turn the show into Bravo gold, it’s a restauranteur who seems to know the real Valley best:
“We’re so bland,” said Jamis MacNiven, whose restaurant Buck’s is a popular valley gathering point. “People spend their weekends taking out last year’s incredibly energy-efficient bulb and screwing in this year’s even more energy-efficient bulb. No one ever dresses up except at the Burning Man festival, where they take off their clothes.”
Thank God no one at Bravo thinks like Mr. MacNiven.