By now it is well-known that Elon Musk hates HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”
He doesn’t think the show, which skewers the more ridiculous and cult-like elements of startup culture, “gets it.”
“Silicon Valley” premiered April 6 on HBO. HBO also put the first episode up on Youtube.
“I really feel like [show creator] Mike Judge has never been to Burning Man, which is Silicon Valley. If you haven’t been, you just don’t get it,” said Musk in Re/Code’s launch party recap.
All-star venture capitalist Marc Andreesen loved it, and tweeted out quotes from the show.
Elon Musk is an amazing guy. Tesla. Paypal. SpaceX.
But his response is exactly the kind of thing that the show pokes fun at. It sounds like he’s channeling Gavin Belson, the show’s villain and the the fictional head of Hooli – a self-obsessed, petulant man who flies his personal spiritual adviser in from the Andes when things don’t go his way.
Over the past few days, I’ve been involved in a spirited rolling debate/discussion spurred by whether some of the backlash against the startups — spurred on by some of the same excesses and less-than-sincere elements in the community that HBO’s show tends to focus on — is fair or not.
Keep in mind. This is in Iowa. The excesses of our local startup scene are, it is fair to say, modest.