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01 Success Failure
Sunday Apr 23, 2017
Pied Piper has officially pivoted to PiperChat, a video chat app created by Dinesh, which is seeing a constant increase in users and is vastly superior to everything else in the market. However, the team is desperately trying to fund it and failing, mostly because of the bad rep generated by the demise of Pied Piper's compression platform and associated clickfarm upticks. After clashing with Dinesh and Gilfoyle over the development of the app and making a last-ditch attempt to get Russ Hanneman to fund it, Richard realises that he can't go on being the CEO of a project he doesn't believe in. Just as the team prepares to replace him with Big Head, he quits his position and equity to use his algorithm and the Pied Piper brand in the pursuit of a more ambitious goal: a new, decentralised and free internet based on users and smartphones and not companies and mainframes. Having created the software, he suggests Dinesh become the CEO of PiperChat, even if Jared is heartbroken by Richard leaving. Meanwhile, Gavin Belson and Jack Barker are returning from China after closing a deal to manufacture Hooli Endframe's box there. Jack asks for their private jet to be diverted to fly him to Jackson Hole, which is completely out of the way of Gavin's destination at Moffett Field. Jack then acts like a slob on the plane. An enraged Belson "promotes" Jack by assigning him a position at a desk in Hooli's data center, deep underground.
02 Terms of Service
Sunday Apr 30, 2017
PiperChat is gathering attention from investors and a steady stream of daily active users, while Richard keeps working on his "new internet" project. When he asks Dinesh for access to PiperChat's data repository, Dinesh informs him that he has blocked him out, as well as all former employees, which breaks their verbal agreement. A sympathetic Big Head secretly gives him his login access, and Richard finds out that the main users of PiperChat are children, since the app's terms of service never included a clause that prevented them from using the app and Dinesh never bothered to port Pied Piper's terms of service to PiperChat. This violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and can incur in a potential penalty of $21 billion. Meanwhile Jack Barker has an apparent positive reaction to his demotion to the data center underground, but Gavin Belson thinks he is up to something and seeks to spy on his video chat sessions. Since Barker uses PiperChat, the only way to do this is to acquire the company. Accusing him of stealing Hooli Chat's tech and threatening with a lawsuit, Gavin Belson calls Dinesh to take PiperChat from him, oblivious of its legal problems. Dinesh, who planned to shut down the app all along, happily agrees.
03 Intellectual Property
Sunday May 07, 2017
In the disastrous aftermath of the acquisition of PiperChat, Gavin Belson is fired and replaced with Jack Barker, who has found a way to prevent Hooli from paying the penalty from COPPA. Having learned that Jian-Yang's app is actually about octopus recipes and not Oculus VR, Erlich hopelessly watches as he tries to pitch it to Coleman Blair Partners. During the meeting, Erlich manages to convince them that the app is like a "Shazam for food," a concept that Raviga ends up investing in, as Monica, eager to see Laurie's new right hand man Ed Chen fail, captures his attention by faking a phone call near him. This backfires when, after a dinner with Jian-Yang and Erlich, Chen finds out that they don't have a working demo and retires from the project, suggesting that Monica be put in charge of it. Erlich recruits Dinesh and Gilfoyle to help him build the unexisting app, refusing help from Big Head. Big Head, under pressure from his father to do something, applies to Stanford University but is rejected based on his mediocre transcript (showing five years at Arizona State without graduating). Once the admissions officer realizes who Big Head is, thanks to his Hooli promotions and media exposure, he ends up being invited to be a guest lecturer at Stanford's Department of Computer Science. Dinesh dates a hacker, Mia, who is impressed with his takedown of Gavin. Mia, as it turns out, knows Gilfoyle from his online persona and also hates him. Meanwhile, Richard is obsessively thinking about his decentralized internet project and close to a breakthrough. After Monica tells him that the late Peter Gregory dedicated a lot of his time to a similar concept, Richard accesses Gregory's archives. Even though Richard is excited that Gregory achieved some of the same conclusions as he did and that his notes will save him a lot of work, Jared finds out that the whole concept was patented in the name of Hooli years ago, when Gregory was founding the company in a garage with Gavin Belson and others. Richard is enraged, but ends up seeking Belson to meet with him.
04 Teambuilding Exercise
Sunday May 14, 2017
Gavin is initially reluctant to build Richard's idea, but seeing as it will render Hooli's servers (and Jack Barker's Hooli Endframe box) obsolete, he agrees. Knowing that the guys would never work for Gavin, he assembles a team of people outside the incubator to assemble the platform, but ends up adding Gilfoyle and Jared, who admit they want to be in the team. Jian-Yang tests his Seefood app, but it only works for recognizing if a food is a hotdog or not. Erlich, realizing that the app will only work properly if thousands of pictures of food from the internet are checked manually, convinces Big Head to make his students do this instead of their regular assignment, which is watching technology-related movies in class. However, they meet with Coleman Blair Partners and create their own food based app, rendering Seefood useless. Predicting that the app will fail to be funded, Erlich trades his equity for a Corvette Jian-Yang bought with the rest of the initial funding money. However, Jian-Yang manages to pivot the project as a filter for 'dick pics' and Periscope acquires the app for $4 million. Dinesh, who, thanks to Gilfoyle's remarks, is starting to get paranoid about his new girlfriend, is still the app's main programmer, and ends scrubbing pictures of penises from the internet as his main duty.
05 The Blood Boy
Sunday May 21, 2017
As Richard presents the business plan for the decentralized internet project, he almost convinces Gavin to have a discreet, under-the-radar launch, but Bryce, a jock who regularly donates his blood to Belson and is present at the meeting, influences Gavin to have them rethink their entire launch strategy. After the meeting, a furious Richard and an enraged Jared warn Bryce not to interfere with their company. Gavin demands that Richard apologizes, and he visits Bryce, eventually discovering that he actually consumes marijuana and sugary snacks and is not as healthy as Gavin thinks he is. Meanwhile, Ehrlich correctly predicts that Ed Chen is planning to force Laurie out of Raviga. When Monica tries to warn her, Laurie says she knew about this all along, rewarding Monica's loyalty with an invitation to be her partner on a new VC fund, as she always had planned to exit Raviga. Dinesh is paranoid about what his girlfriend Mia can do to him if she finds out that he didn't end Gavin's career at Hooli on purpose. For this reason, he doesn't have the courage to break up with her. When Mia reveals to Dinesh that she has hacked access to the elevators at the Freedom Tower in New York City, he calls the FBI who have Mia arrested. After this, he offers Richard his services. Having found out that Bryce was not only a corporate spy but also had high cholesterol, a disillusioned Gavin decides to leave Palo Alto, handing Richard full ownership of the decentralised internet patent.
06 Customer Service
Sunday May 28, 2017
Russ Hanneman visits the incubator and angrily confronts Richard for presenting Gavin Belson with the decentralized internet idea, which Russ considers he co-owns. Richard still tries to get Russ to fund them, but he urinates inside Ehrlich's yellow Corvette before leaving. After this, Richard decides to skip trying to convince investors and go directly to the customers, presenting the project to companies so they buy the product even if it's not built yet. After several meetings that fail because all the valley knows Gavin Belson has jumped ship, they present their idea to Liz, Head of Compliance at insurance company FGI whose CTO, and Liz's fiancée, is Dan Melcher, who punched Ehrlich at Tech Crunch disrupt after he slept with his two former wives. Richard keeps Ehrlich at bay so that he doesn't put the deal at risk by seducing Liz, but ends up having sex with her during a late night meeting. Even if Melcher is aware of this, the deal goes through. Meanwhile, Ehrlich inadvertently crashes into a tech meeting with Keenan Feldspar, whose VR headset is the valley's latest sensation. Having previously failed to convince Monica and Laurie to hire him at their new VC company Bream-Hall, he uses Feldspar and his promising tech as leverage to get a job with them.
07 The Patent Troll
Sunday Jun 04, 2017
Pied Piper's space saver app is online and reaches the top 500 apps on the Hooli store. Richard is contacted by Stewart Burke, a retired attorney that lives off royalties earned by "patent trolling" musicians and tech companies for intellectual property of their work. He asks Richard for a licensing fee of $20,000 as he owns the patent for the "storage of media files on a network". Even if this is hardly enforceable, the costs of paying him are significantly lower than paying an attorney to dispute this in court. When Richard tries to convince some other top 500 apps owners to do a joint litigation against Burke, the plan backfires as Burke informs him that the other companies have reached out to him to settle at a discount rate and if Richard wants to do it too it will now cost him $300,000. Richard responds by pretending to use his old Pied Piper app to find a flaw in one of Burke's previous copyright claims, regaining full control of his patent without having to pay him. However, the failed joint litigation deal was drafted by Ron Laflamme, who charges Richard a fee of $22,000 for it. Meanwhile, Jian-Yang buys a $14,000 intelligent refrigerator, which Gilfoyle obsesses over trying to hack it, eventually using Pied Piper's former mainframe 'Anton' to do it. Keenan Feldspar signs with Bream-Hall, but Monica and Laurie avoid hiring Ehrlich by giving him a generous finder's fee. Ehrlich has already spread news across the valley that he is employed by Bream-Hall and begs them to stay for half the money they are giving him, which they accept. Ed Chen invites him to a basketball game, but when Ehrlich gets to Oracle Arena, he finds out that he's supposed to play for Chen's team. Trying to fit in, he buys a hoop and falls off the roof trying to install it while standing on an open garage door, breaking his leg in the process.
08 The Keenan Vortex
Sunday Jun 11, 2017
Due to a wave of unusually cold weather and consequent insurance claims, FGI faces a lot more data processing requirements than Pied Piper is expected to handle, and the team is facing an astronomical bill from their data storage center provider for the sudden spike. Richard decides to attract investment from another client to handle this, approaching Ehrlich so that he gets Keenan Feldspar to hear their pitch. Richard thinks Feldspar's VR tech is a fad, but Dinesh and Gilfoyle are so impressed after trying it that they integrate Pied Piper's middle out algorithm into Feldspar's VR, which improves it greatly. As a result Feldspar offers to acquire Pied Piper altogether. Richard doesn't want this, so he counters with an offer of $25 million, which Keenan still accepts. Richard intends to concede, but Monica warns him that Feldspar's VR isn't that great and that he's walking into a trap, promising that she will fund their series A round if they can implement the decentralized internet project on a sufficient number of cell phones. After texting him telling him the deal is off, Richard learns that Feldspar has signed with Hooli, abandoning Ehrlich in the process. Richard decides to enter Hooli-Con, Hooli's tech conference, to put Monica's challenge into practice.
09 Hooli-Con
Sunday Jun 18, 2017
Erlich goes on a trip to get his mojo back while the guys head to Hooli-Con, where Jared faces a moral dilemma; Gilfoyle and Dinesh are distracted by Keenan; and Richard becomes obsessed with an ex's new beau.
10 Server Error
Sunday Jun 25, 2017
Richard finds himself in a web of lies; Jared plans his exit; Jack bets big; Gavin plots a comeback.

Silicon Valley 4

IMDb 8.6 28 min/episode
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
Josh Brener, Thomas Middleditch, Tj Miller, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Martin Starr, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani
John Altschuler,Mike Judge,Dave Krinsky
United States
7.2 / 1,496 times
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