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‘Silicon Valley’ Gets It Right: Real-Life Tech Billionaires Who Act Like Big Babies

Peter Gregory, man-child. (HBO)

We learned on last week’s Silicon Valley episode of the longstanding tension between Peter Gregory and Gavin Belson. But last night, we were finally treated to a face-to-face confrontation between the arch-nemesis billionaires — and were reminded how despite their money, rich people often behave like babies.

Mr. Gregory freaks out when Mr. Belson shows up Read More

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Study Suggests That Silicon Valley Is Not Actually the ‘Started From the Bottom’ Music Video

Who you callin nerd (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Bad news if you’re still clinging to the idea that Silicon Valley is some sort of marvelous Horatio Alger LARP. Reuters has done a deep dive on the question, and surprise, surprise: they found that you’re more likely to become an entrepreneur if you grew up in a household with wealthy, educated parents, and Silicon Valley investors tend to default to connected founders who fit a very particular mold.

We are simply shocked. Read More

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Badass SF Society Matron Is Over Boring Silicon Valley ‘Slob Culture’

Mrs. Hale (Photo: Getty)

Old-money types love to hate on the nouveau riche–duh, we’ve all seen Titanic–but in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, one highfalutin lady throws major shade at Silicon Valley to hilarious effect.

Denise Hale is a Serbian-born San Francisco society staple who was once married to legendary director Vincente Minnelli. She channels everyone’s favorite cranky great-aunt when she tells contributing editor Evgenia Peretz that the Bay Area’s techies “bore the hell out of” her in a piece about the culture clash between WASPy elites and the region’s tech VIPs. Read More

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Doomed to Forever Be Confused With Justin Timberlake, Sean Parker Laments Backlash to His Lavish Forest Wedding

(Photo: Mobypicture.com, John Perry Barlow)

Poor handsome, successful millionaire Sean Parker. Not only is he doomed to forever be confused with Justin Timberlake’s obnoxiously bro-ish portrayal of him in The Social Network, but he’s also been forced to cancel his honeymoon following the deafening backlash caused by his fantasy forest wedding. Can’t a super rich guy catch a break around here? Read More

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Sean Parker Says No, His Wedding Didn’t Wreck the Redwoods

Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas at their hobbit wedding (via Business Insider)

Like the proverbial knight in shining armor, Sean Parker is riding to the defense of his own wedding. In response to the charges that his event basically trashed a redwood forest in Big Sur, he wrote a heartfelt letter to the Atlantic, which originally uncovered the report alleging damages.

For starters? “First and foremost is that nobody goes out of their way to get married in a redwood forest unless they really love redwood forests.” He continues: Read More

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Good Job Wreaking Sauron-Like Destruction on an Ancient Redwood Forest, Sean Parker

Tacky as hell, too. (CCC report)

So it turns out Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas’s John William Waterhouse wonderland wedding has an ugly side, one more befitting (to mix fantasy series metaphors) the evil, havoc-wreaking Sauron than the classy elven queen Galadriel. The millions of dollars worth of illegal construction for the affair, it turns out, basically trashed an ecologically sensitive area in a redwood forest, which even a second-grade child could warn you against tampering with.

Magical, my ass. Read More