‘Watch your back, Jeff Bezos’: Amazon sparks laughs on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” comedy collection presents a California-centric view of how tech is finished (and undone), however Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Seattle-based Amazon Internet Companies got here in for satirical shout-outs in Sunday night time’s season premiere.

The present facilities on the travails of a startup known as Pied Piper, typically suffered by the hands of Hooli, a monolithic Google-like firm.

Because the season’s first episode begins, Pied Piper is pivoting from the info compression and storage enterprise to video chat – particularly, a miraculous smartphone app known as PiperChat that may convention an infinite variety of video customers on the similar time, with no lag or lack of image high quality.

Pied Piper CEO Richard Hendricks poses as an Uber driver and nearly kidnaps a possible VC investor, touting PiperChat’s 120,000 each day lively customers and the 18 % week-over-week development in its person base.

However there’s an issue: The person load is so excessive that Pied Piper is burning by money to pay Amazon Internet Companies for the streaming. There’s no cash left to pay Pied Piper’s builders, regardless of their protests.

“I’m not paying since you’re not the one getting [bleeped] face first by your bank card firm due to huge AWS internet hosting charges,” the startup’s living-on-the-edge backer, Erlich Bachman, tells the crew.

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In the meantime, Hooli CEO Gavin Belson is in China, celebrating a producing deal for the Hooli EndFrame information storage server (which was one among the merchandise Pied Piper pivoted away from).

Belson raises a champagne toast to the EndFrame field turning into “probably the most profitable American information storage equipment to ever be manufactured in China.”

“Watch your again, Jeff Bezos – right here comes Hooli,” Belson says.

After all, massive enterprise bets by no means work out the best way the techies on “Silicon Valley” anticipate. Let’s simply say that Belson will get hung up on points apart from chasing Bezos, whereas the Pied Piper gang goes by nonetheless extra head-spinning pivots.

“Silicon Valley” has earned road cred within the Valley and past by working authentic tech references into its scripts. Sunday’s present, as an example, touched on such arcana as TURN servers and 12-bit color (“Ten % higher picture high quality!”).

After previewing this season’s first three reveals, Selection co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein tweeted that “the present is on the prime of its sport.” And Sima Sistani, co-founder and chief working officer of the video app enterprise often called Houseparty, gave the present what could also be effectively be the very best type of endorsement:

Writers of Silicon Valley will need to have our workplace bugged. First the stay streaming and now the pivot to group video chat. ?

— sima sistani (@SistaniSays) April 24, 2017

What else does “Silicon Valley” have up its sleeve? Will Amazon, Microsoft and different Seattle tech ventures are available in for extra ribbing in future episodes? Keep tuned…

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