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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

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags

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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

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: Here Are the 5 Most Insane Tech Conference Misfires

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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

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: The Cloud Will Chew Your Business Up, Spit It Out

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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

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

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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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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Ep. 4 Recap: Peter Gregory’s Super Sweet Sixteen

Richard and Erlich, Wozniak and Jobs. (Photo via HBO)

This week on Silicon Valley, our expectations were upended and our characters were three-dimensionalized (well, some of them). We thought Richard would find his vision and finally kick Erlich to the curb. Instead, Erlich proved himself to be indispensable to Pied Piper. We thought the guys would maybe flirt with some girls at a party. Instead, Monica made an excuse to walk away from the bumbling Richard and then the only other two women they socialized with were literally being paid to talk to them.

Peter Gregory showed he was human by admitting he and Gavin Belson used to  be friends. Jared displayed insecurity and vulnerability when he wasn’t invited to the party (“were there gelatin shots?”). Dinesh and Gilfoyle carried us through with some one-liners. Black turtlenecks and heinous fleece vests were worn. And Richard remained a mess the whole way through, soaking his jeans with sink water, unlike in previous episodes, where he showed strokes of confidence at the last minute.

We’re still waiting for the show to pass the Bechdel test, but until then, here are our other thoughts: Read More

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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

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‘Silicon Valley’ Ep. 2 Recap: Be an Asshole

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This week on Silicon Valley, Jared Dunn dropped by to congratulate Richard, but Erlich told him to take a hike. Then, someone ordered a stripper named Mocachino, making the guys (and everyone else with a pulse) highly uncomfortable. Richard and Erlich met with Peter Gregory and blew it. Richard then decided to bring Jared aboard since it seems nobody in the “incubator” actually knows how to run a business. Read More