Bill Gates says if you want to understand tech and Silicon Valley, you better watch ‘Silicon Valley’

Bill Gates will get it.

The Microsoft co-founder desires his associates in Silicon Valley to loosen up if they refuse to watch HBO’s “Silicon Valley” as a result of they’re afraid it makes enjoyable of them. Gates argues in a new blog post on Monday that if you actually want to understand how the Valley works, you needs to be watching the comedy sequence.

The story of the web startup Pied Piper and the band of misfits who battle to make their concept a actuality whereas battling a tech big referred to as Hooli has touched a nerve with Gates, who mentioned he’s seen each episode of the primary 4 seasons and is on the lookout for time to watch the fifth. (A sixth season has been delayed.)

“The present is a parody, so it exaggerates issues, however like all nice parodies it captures lots of truths,” Gates wrote. “Many of the totally different persona sorts you see within the present really feel very acquainted to me.”

That features Pied Piper founder Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), who Gates mentioned he identifies most with as a result of Richard is a superb programmer who has had to be taught some onerous classes about managing folks.

Gates’ solely grievance with the present — for whose creators he has offered trade perception — is that startups like Pied Piper are proven to be largely succesful whereas Hooli, modeled after a tech big like Google or Microsoft, is proven to be inept.

“Though I’m clearly biased, my expertise is that small corporations will be simply as inept, and the massive ones have the sources to put money into deep analysis and take a long-term viewpoint that smaller ones can’t afford,” he wrote.

However Gates will get that rooting for the underdog is extra enjoyable.


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