Television Without Pity

In Which We Went to Bravo’s Casting Call for the Real Wantrepreneurs of Silicon Alley

The scene. (Photo by Michael Gold, via Instagram)

When we arrived at the Dream Hotel on 55th, there was already a substantial crowd of would-be attendees worrying that the one-hour open bar at #techdrinkup’s holiday party would end before we made it upstairs. Ahead of us, two young men were debating the relative merits of Sean Parker in the wake of Airtime’s abysmal numbers: “I’m a fan,” said Mr. Parker’s defender. “Everyone has success and failing.”

What no one mentioned within our earshot: Gotham Casting would be in the house, looking for personalities to feature in a possible New York spinoff of Start-ups: Silicon Valley, Bravo’s oft-maligned, Randi Zuckerberg-produced reality showRead More

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Look Out, New York: Randi Zuckerberg Is Casting for a New Techcentric Bravo Show Set in the Big Apple

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With 634,000 viewers tuning in for last week’s premiere of Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, newly-minted Bravo TV producer Randi Zuckerberg already has her sights set on New York. According to the Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg Media, Bravo and the production house responsible for Start-Ups, Den of Thieves, have all confirmed that they’re planning a tech-focused show based in NYC. It won’t be a Start-Ups reboot for the Manhattan set, but according to the Journal, “Ms. Zuckerberg and her team are looking to expand and see what techie opportunities there are.” Read More

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Cast Member of Randi Zuckerberg’s Bravo Show Just Got Hired by Facebook

Mr. Crow

Carsabi, a comparison shopping site for cars that graduated from Y Combinator this March, just announced that its cofounders would be joining Mark Zuckerberg to “help Facebook users connect and share.” Facebook isn’t actually acquiring Carsabi, just the talent. “We’re looking for someone to buy the Carsabi service, so the two of us can focus on our new jobs,” cofounders Dwight Crow and Christopher Berner wrote on the company blog.

TechCrunch reports that features baked into Carsabi–including a social element that lets you ask friends for shopping advice and the startup’s ability to crawl all available car listings–make the duo a natural fit to help develop Facebook Gifts or Events. However, we hear that Carsabi first got an offer from Google (another natural fit!) and then parlayed that into a counteroffer from Facebook. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Bravo Cuts Two from Zuckerberg’s Show, Tumblr’s Fine Young Cannibals

Mr. Lovingood (Photo: Bravo TV)

You didn’t think we’d forgotten, did you? It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s 

Reverse-Reverse Sexism Still wondering what $50 and an App.net membership will get you (besides

Wedding bells On the mergers front, we hear that serial cofounder and investor Zack Klein recently married girlfriend Courtney Lewis, a partner at Hard Candy Shell. The pair booked Read More

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Surprise! The Gymnastic Star of Randi Zuckerberg’s Bravo Show Is a Legitimate Entrepreneur

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It’s hard to come out the other end of Bravo’s Real-i-Tron with anything in the way of dignity. Just ask these gilded lilies. Something about the cocktail of ambition, insecurity, and actual cocktails tends to make one’s better judgment obsolete.

Thus, we can’t vouch for how the world will perceive stealth startup founder and Ampush Media alum Kim Taylor when Randi Zuckerberg’s creation (working title: “Silicon Valley”) debuts this fall. But over coffee in Midtown last month, Ms. Taylor came across as disarmingly articulate, well-versed in the chutes and ladders of Startupland, and, dare we say, sensible.

Blame her Midwestern roots, or the trial-by-fire of helping to grow a bootstrapped company to revenue in the high eight figures in its first two years. Read More

Movers and Shakers

Kara Swisher Gets Glossy: Graydon Snags Scooptress for Vanity Fair

Shades on. (Photo: Google+)

If tapping Annie Leibovitz to shoot David Karp and his sidecar wasn’t enough to convince you that Vanity Fair is serious about covering the tech sector as part of the power elite, how about this coup from the top of the masthead? Wired‘s Ryan Tate broke the news that Kara Swisher has pried herself out of Marissa Mayer’s air vent to contribute part-time to the Conde Nast title, with some convincing from Graydon Carter, of course.

Mr. Tate reports that the tenacious AllThingsD cofounder agreed to “write profiles and other technology-related features,” for Vanity Fair only after “overtures” from Mr. CarterRead More

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Bravo’s Silicon Valley Looks Like a Wildly Entertaining Trainwreck

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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. Read More

The Real Housewives of Facebook

Randi Zuckerberg: Preemptive Haters of ‘Silicon Valley’ Should Chill

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The joyful news that Bravo, that Octomom of reality TV-producing basic cable, will pop out another manufactured drama-filled baby in the form of a new show about Silicon Valley has become  kind of a pain for producer Randi Zuckerberg. Enough of a pain that Ms. Zuckerberg took to Facebook  Friday night to imply that her critics need to calm down. As noted by TechCrunch, Ms. Zuckerberg defended her foray into reality television at length, comparing it to a situation her audience is likely to recognize: Read More