If you haven’t watched the TV show Silicon Valley you are totally missing out! I loved every minute of the show, which seems more like a documentary than fiction, except for all the hilarity. By far the most accurate fictional depiction of the tech world I’ve ever seen.
If this was April 1st I would think that The Wall Street Journal article Actual Silicon Valley Startup Gets Inspiration From HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Startup subtitled Richard Hendricks’s Pied Piper, which is realistic but fictional, has inspired a company, WaveOne, to tackle its technology was an April Fool’s joke! You have to read this article to have any chance of believing it.
Supposedly the two founders of WaveOne, Lubomir Bourdev and Oren Rippel, decided to try to do what the HBO’s fictitious startup, Pied Piper, was attempting to do on screen – creating a breakthrough compression technology for sending information through the Internet, faster, better, cheaper. The twist is using AI – and what startup these days isn’t using AI? – to improve on current video compression technology. Check out their site WaveOne. Talk about recursion!
This has to be one of the strangest and funniest stories about tech I’ve ever read. All I can say is read it and weep – with laughter! And maybe you too can find a video series to inspire your next great idea.