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Season 3 is coming to DStv on 4 November and Season 1 and Season 2 are now streaming on Showmax.

Silicon Valley is a show about a group of six socially inept but super-smart geeks who may just end up becoming tech billionaires - if they can learn how to play the game.

The hit HBO show was nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2016 including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Season 3 starts Friday on 4 November at 19:00 on M-Net Edge (102), also on DStv Catch Up, and Season 1 and Season 2 are now streaming on Showmax.

So what are the secrets to geek success? Perhaps the crew on Silicon Valley can learn some lessons from the the real-life geeks rule the world.

1. They never forget their roots

In real life: Our homegrown global supergeek Elon Musk founded PayPal, Tesla Motors and is launching rockets into space. He thinks humans could be characters in an advanced alien video game - it doesn’t get nerdier than that. But he’s also valued at around $8 billion, according to Forbes.

In Silicon Valley, the show: Richard Hendricks is a programmer who works for a big internet company and lives in a geek-commune, or “startup business incubator” run by Erlich Bachman, an opinionated dufus. Richard’s Big Idea is a music app called Pied Piper, which nobody wants - until they realise that he’s built in a one-of-a-kind data compression algorithm. Suddenly, Richard’s getting escalating pitches from all over (which make him puke from anxiety) and Pied Piper looks set to lead him to a pot of gold.


2. They help and support each other…

In real life: The character of Erlich Bachman is allegedly based on real-life geek and Silicon Valley hero Dave Grossblatt, who owns Founder’s Dojo, a real tech startup incubator in San Francisco. Grossblatt is passionate about helping the early-stage founders at the Dojo who can’t afford rent.

In Silicon Valley, the show: The wildly inappropriate Bachman, who runs the incubator where Richard and his peers live, comes across as less-than-supportive. He’s sarcastic and caustic and totally un-PC, but also totally necessary to the team.


3. … But if it benefits the business, they’ll throw each other under the bus

In real life: Depending on who you believe, Steve Jobs was ousted from the company he co-founded, Apple Inc, because he was too disruptive to the business. This came after he tried to blame John Sculley, CEO, for the failure of the Macintosh line of computers and printers.

In Silicon Valley, the show: Richard would rather code than meet or speak to other human beings. And when it comes to the business side of things, he’s a nervous wreck. But as CEO of aspiring-unicorn Pied Piper, Richard’s shyness is a liability, and, at the end of Season 2, the business reaches an unexpected turning point...

To find out more, be more of a geek. Be more like Elon and watch Silicon Valley. Season 3 starts Friday on 4 November at 19:00 on M-Net Edge (102), also on DStv Catch Up and if you haven’t seen the show yet, watch Season 1 and Season 2 on Showmax now.

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