It was announced this Monday that "Silicon Valley," the Mike Judge-helmed HBO sitcom filmed in and around Palo Alto, has been green lit for a second season by its parent network. Deservedly so.
"Silicon Valley" follows Richard Hendricks, creator of an innovative file compression algorithm and founder of the Pied Piper startup, as he attempts to get his company off the ground. Along the way Hendricks must work with an eccentric venture capitalist, a blow-hard roommate (who owns 10 percent of Pied Piper because it was created by Hendricks while he was living in the man's house/startup incubator) and doing battle with a powerful CEO who wants to steal his product.
The half-hour program is masterfully written and cast. While "Silicon Valley" does highlight the entrepreneurial spirit and DIY ethos that helped make the mid-Peninsula and South Bay great, the show mostly lampoons Silicon Valley's tech culture.
There's the cult-like culture of the region's largest firms, including the fictional Hooli, where the show's protagonist works; dilettante "brogrammers," who are only in it for the money rather than the love of coding; and the greedy, billionaire CEO, ruthless and Machiavellian behind closed doors, but out to "make the world a better place" when the cameras are on. The show even nails down the stereotypical older Palo Altan -- the gray-haired professorial types who bemoan the libertarian leanings of the new tech elite and ride fold up bicycles past perfectly landscaped, drought-tolerant front yards.
The show is particularly apt at capturing the nonsensical lingo of Silicon Valley. When the show's characters aren't talking about changing the world with their next app, they are spouting off techno-babble jargon, which one character, whilst in the grips of a magic mushroom-fueled trip, identifies as "meaningless words."
Here are the top five most meaningless, nonsensical or downright ridiculous examples of techspeak from the show's first three episodes.
1) "Silicon Valley is the cradle of innovation because of dropouts."
-Peter Gregory, the billionaire venture capitalist (and Peter Thiel analog) played by the late Christopher Evan Welch.
2) "Making the world a better place, through minimal, message-oriented transport layers."
-Gavin Belson, CEO of the fictional tech giant, Hooli, played by Matt Ross.
3) "What about 'smaller,' spelled S-M-L-L-R,, you know, because we make things smaller, and this would be a smaller version of the word 'smaller.'"
-Zach Woods, played by Donald "Jared" Dunn. Woods is brought on to Pied Piper to help the flailing startup develop a business plan.
4) Gavin: "I hate Richard Hendricks, that little Pied Piper prick. Is that wrong?"
Denpak: "In the hands of a lesser person, perhaps. But in the hands of the enlightened, hate can be tool for great change."
Gavin: "You're right, once again. (Speaking to a computer) Audius, play John Lennon's 'Imagine.'"
Computer: 'Queuing: "John Wayne in a Mansion." Not found."
-Conversation between Gavin Belson, Hooli CEO, and his spiritual adviser, Denpak.
5 )"I had three startups myself, and I couldn't get those Sand Hill Road morons to fund any of them."
-An unnamed worker at BevMo!, explaining his plight to Richard Hendricks, founder of startup software company Pied Piper.