Remember that one startup “Hooli” that was peddling a weaker version of Slack, only with their name stolen from HBO’s Silicon Valley? Turns out, that’s not all they stole.
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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:
What is Hooli, exactly? In the words of Gavin Belson, “Hooli is about people. Hooli is about innovative technology that makes a difference. Transforming the world as we know it.” Thing is, Gavin Belson isn’t real, and until today, neither was Hooli.
A small team led by Techstars veterens has created an app called Hooli, named after the Google stand-in from HBO’s Silicon Valley. The new IRL Hooli, which launches today, is a collaborative chat app that allows you to manage teams and meetings — a familiar pitch to anyone who’s familiar with Stewart Butterfield’s meteorically popular Slack. It could even have a shot at success, if Slack wasn’t already the favorite unicorn app in the team management space. Read More
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
In last night’s final episode of Silicon Valley, the moment of truth was finally upon us. The Pied Piper team got a second chance to present at TechCrunch Disrupt, after their first chance was spoiled by the vengeful cuckold who tackled Erlich onstage. That makes this the second episode in a row that was set entirely at TechCrunch Disrupt, which begs the question — How does the fictional Startup Battlefield hold up against the real thing?
In order to compare the two, Betabeat spoke to Sam O’Keefe, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Editor. Ms. O’Keefe helped put together the fictional Battlefield. We asked her where HBO was spot on and where they played things up for drama’s sake. Read More
Although HBO’s Silicon Valley is a hilarious critical and commercial darling, a pall has hung over the press surrounding its first season due to the untimely death of one of its cast members.
Christopher Evan Welch, who plays Peter Gregory, died of a heart attack midway through the filming of the season. He was 48. Read More
On last night’s Silicon Valley, the guys visited TechCrunch Disrupt to present Pied Piper. Their highly anticipated conference debut didn’t quite go as planned, though. Erlich’s meticulously planned, overly theatrical presentation ended soon after it had begun when a judge tackled him from across the stage.
This got us thinking: what are some other examples of presentations that have livened up the tech conference scene, for good or ill? A day full of panels and demos at SXSW or CES can get boring fast, after all. We might as well take a minute to salute the folks who make fools of themselves for the purposes of our entertainment, accidentally or not. Read More
When Pied Piper needs a cloud architect, they fall down at the feet of “The Carver,” a bratty boy-king programmer. They’re so thirsty for cloud infrastructure, they take him at his word that he’s worth the 20 grand they shell out over two days for his services.
Of course, they later find out he’s an Adderall-addicted fraud after he scrambles Pied Piper’s DDL. It turns out he’s not such a cloud savant after all. Judging by HBO’s portrayal, cloud software is a mystical practice beyond the programming prowess of even the Bay Area’s finest. Read More
On last night’s Silicon Valley, the Pied Piper team fought through the insurmountable creative nightmare of having to pick a logo, which, second to choosing a name, can be one of the most terrifying branding decisions a startup makes at its birth.
When Jared Dunn suggests two lowercase P’s in an attempt to save the company thousands of dollars, Erlich Bachman loses his shit on him. Read More
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