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Favorite Scenes on HBO’s Silicon Valley

HBO’s Silicon Valley

One of our favorite scenes on HBO’s Silicon Valley features a woman engineer. As an executive search firm that revels in recruiting technology talent of the highest caliber, we find the HBO TV series Silicon Valley filled with insight and delicious nerd humor.

True, we wish the show’s brogrammer cast featured more female characters, just as we wish the real Silicon Valley featured more diverse senior executives, an issue highlighted with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. (For more on diversity, check out our post, Silicon Valley Wants Black Coders. What’s The Issue?)

To the show’s credit, our favorite scene does tackle the female engineering shortage issue in an interview scene with a candidate who became the team’s sole woman engineer.

Woman Engineer

Silicon Valley – “Woman Engineer”

Top Scenes from HBO’s Silicon Valley

As an executive search firm that revels in recruiting technology talent of the highest caliber, we find the HBO TV series Silicon Valley filled with insight and delicious nerd humor. True, we wish the show’s brogrammer cast featured more female characters, just as we wish the real Silicon Valley featured more diverse senior executives, an issue we highlighted in our blog posts on #ILookLikeAnEngineer and Silicon Valley Wants Black Coders. What’s The Issue?)

Interviews Can Be Awkward

I highly recommend the show to anyone in technology recruiting or to anyone who has lived, breathed, and worked in software at the intersection of venture capital. That pressure cooker attracts brilliant people who are often eccentric or a bit awkward. Some may be Aspies or Autistics, as many in the Autism spectrum prefer to be called. (See our post on Neurodiverse Candidates in technology. )  Most of the time, I find the candidate quirks endearing, though at times they present challenges in job interviews.

Silicon Valley: Season 1 Episode 4 Clip | HBO

Actors Are Nerds in Real Life

In the top scenes, the show’s technology dialog and plot come across as believable for a number of reasons. The actors are real-life nerds off the screen. The imaginary algorithms have been concocted by serious computer scientists. Well-known technology luminaries put in cameo appearances on the show. The following clip details how committed the show is to getting the technology details right.

Silicon Valley: Math and Science Featurette (Season 2 Episode Clip) | HBO

Must-Watch Scenes on HBO’s Silicon Valley

HBO’s Silicon Valley is brimming with must-watch scenes. The show channels our passion for technology talent. Those luminaries provide an intriguing glimpse into the future because they are the very people shaping it. For the past decade and a half, I have had the good fortune to have mind-blowing conversations with some of the most brilliant technologists of the century. Not everyone gets to do that. Like many of those we recruit, my imagination was captured by my first computer (an Apple IIe). I haven’t looked back since. That is why I look forward to the next episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley.  May it live long and prosper.

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Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford is CEO of the retained executive search firm The Good Search and of its research division Intellerati. A former award-winning television journalist and investigative reporter, Ms. Bradford now pursues truth, justice, and great talent in the executive suite.View Author posts

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