Proof of Concept
*Spoilers, and plot from Silicon Valley Season 1 will be discussed in the following section.
Gavin Belson and his Hooli crew begin the seventh episode of Silicon Valley for season one. The engineers inform Belson that their version is ready for release at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Belson and his managers fail to challenge the engineers in a corporate setting.
The Pied Piper team shows signs of distress leading into the event. Jared is replaced by Monica for the managerial position of the group.
Once the group arrives, Erlich informs the team that one of the judges of the competition hates him for cheating with his wife.
Jared and Gilfoyle setup their booth for the conference. One of the other tech companies ask for Gilfoyle’s assistance with code.
Richard speaks with Big Head before the conference on a former love interest. The seventh episode builds storylines with additional depth to give the season finale a bigger bang.
The fictional show explores the real world event with TechCrunch Disrupt. Mike Judge and Alec Berg use their attention to detail within writing episodes in season one.
Jared finds himself out of place with the group. Monica takes the leadership role and informs Erlich to try and work things out with the judge that hates him.
Dinesh is approached by the same tech company about working with code. A layer of comedy that unfolds is Dinesh’s attraction to the code that he assumes is written by a female engineer, but really was produced by Gilfoyle.
The Pied Piper team works on their walkthrough for the presentation. Erlich informs the stage manager of his grand plans.
During the walkthrough, Dinesh tells the group about his attraction for the female engineer he met at the conference earlier. Gilfoyle informs Dinesh that he wrote the code.
The show often pokes fun at sexual topics, as well as engineering.
After the team wrapped the walkthrough, they celebrated at the Omni Hotel. The Pied Piper was able resolve some of their issues, but their presentation remained a major issue.
The TechCrunch Disrupt competition begins with a group of underwhelming businesses. The writers to the show poke fun at the reoccurring pitch ideas from the contestants.
Erlich’s conflict with one of the judges boils over to a violent outburst during the start of the Pied Piper’s presentation. The comedic exchange marks one of the funniest moments with the biggest payoff in season one.
Points I learned from within episode seven, season one:
- Attending tech conferences is an excellent way to showcase a product or brand. It also can help entrepreneurs network with other professionals in similar industries.
- The TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield is free and open to the public. Previous winners include: Dropbox, Mint, Yammer, Zenefits, and many more.
- It is better to over-deliver on presentations and conference setups in comparison to having an underwhelming setup.