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Peter Thiel Thinks His HBO Caricature Isn’t Innovative Enough

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At Betabeat, we consider ourselves connoisseurs of HBO’s Silicon Valley, and we’ve been going through pretty serious Pied Piper withdrawal while we wait for season two.

So when Peter Thiel held his Reddit AMA, we were glad to see that someone stepped away from the discussions about market economics for half a second to ask:

How do you feel about your obvious likeness, Peter Gregory, as portrayed in the HBO show Silicon Valley?

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Unproven Thieries

Burning Man Is the Versailles of Silicon Valley

Burning Man 2012. Let them eat... acid? (Photo via Flickr)

I think, sometimes — perhaps too often — about Versailles. It was by all accounts, staggering: all of the richest people in France staying in one of the world’s grandest palaces eating and drinking themselves into a stupor at the feet of Louis XIV while the country fought and starved. It was, and remains, a symbol of the purity of excess: a grand, insane bacchanal that seemed to aspire to nothing less than oblivion. Of course, there were good political reasons for the thing that was Versailles to exist as well (keep the nobles drunk enough that they neither notice or care that you’ve become an absolute monarch), but the main takeaway is this: one of the most powerful men in the world used the resources of his nation to throw the bitchingest party on Earth.

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Expert Thoughts

Forget Silicon Valley: Tech CEO Explains What’s So Great About New York

Shafqat Islam

In the 19th century, immigrants would come to New York City with the dream of finding a city where the streets were paved with gold. While precious metals may not actually line these streets, there is no doubt that it’s a city where dreams are made. In 2010, when we moved NewsCred’s headquarters from Switzerland to the US, we had to decide where to settle down. San Francisco was the obvious answer. But we ended up choosing New York, and I’m always happy to explain the many reasons we’ve chosen to call this city home. Read More

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CEO Reveals What It’s Really Like To Win TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle

Mr. Walker presenting UberConference at the real-life TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle in 2012. (Screengrab: TechCrunch)

Craig Walker is the CEO of UberConference, a startup that offers high-tech conference call software. In 2012, Mr. Walker valiantly pitched UberConference on the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle stage, where UberConference ended up scoring the first-place prize — much like Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper.

In honor of Sunday’s Silicon Valley finale, Betabeat spoke with Mr. Walker about what it was actually like to present a startup on the daunting TechCrunch Disrupt stage and emerge victorious. Read More

Office Space

SoundCloud Opens NYC Office as an International Rally Point

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Another international tech giant has put down roots in Silicon Alley. This morning, Berlin-based audio platform SoundCloud opened their New York City offices — their largest office in the United States.

In the new 5th Avenue location, engineers and audio technicians will work alongside marketing and sales staff. New York City has the kind of talent pool that allows a company like sound cloud to hire both technical staff and creative professionals, which is vital for a tech company that offers a platform for artists. Read More

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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.

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‘Silicon Valley’ Ep. 3 Recap: The 4 Commandments of Naming Your Startup

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This week on HBO’s Silicon Valley, we see that Hooli has already made an insufferable new commercial for its new product, which is a knockoff of Richard’s Pied Piper algorithm. Richard tries to buy the name Pied Piper from a blue-collar irrigation farmer and learns how to negotiate (read: yell at people until you get your way) in the process.

Peter Gregory learns what Burger King is, and uses his knowledge of sesame seeds and cicadas as a way to advance $15 million to a pair of clients who would have otherwise had to lay off workers.  Read More