I watch this show whenever I can, especially when I eat. The show has many unexpected twists and turns that I could not stop watching. So far, I am close to the end of season 2, but this post is not to spoil the amazing content of the show. It is to record some fun facts that I found through my research.
I will not summarize the articles that I link, but I read all of them and agreed.
Erlich Bachman is based on Dave Grossblatt, the founder of Dojo, based on the hustle.co
Business Insider listed out a ton more:
Pieter Gregory is PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
Russ Hanneman is Mark Cuban.
Laurie Beam is Marissa Mayer @ Yahoo. I thought this character is eccentrically interesting. Business Insider wrote that “Laurie Bream is awkward and ruthless as the cofounder of her own venture firm, Bream Hall. Laurie is cutthroat, speaks very mechanically, and places huge value on metrics. Sound familiar?. Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider’s global editor-in-chief and author of “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!” once described ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as “cold and direct and impersonal. In a one-on-one she can’t hold eye contact,” like Laurie when she delivers bad news. The show’s creator Mike Judge said the character was inspired by “these super-intelligent people who think faster than they can talk” and denied any correlation to Mayer.”
Also, I was particularly struck by Gavin’s Belson animal treatment. I was trying to look up if tech firms in Sillicon Valley actually do that, but I have not found much information so far. But I’ll keep looking!