Start Ups of Silicon Valley: My Jersey Shore

I grew up in New York and when I was a kid my mother and I would drive down to New Jersey to go to the beach. My mother LOVED the beach and we seriously make a day of it. We would get up at 7am, have breakfast on the road and then drive down to this small town in NJ that had the cleanest beach in the world. (Seriously, no bottles and food were allowed on the beach to prevent people from littering.) One year, my mother and I decided to go to Seaside Heights for the day and I loved it. The boardwalk was awesome, plus my mom and I can spend the whole day in the sun. She wasn’t a huge fan of how crowded it was and so we didn’t go back. Now, when I watch The Jersey Shore I’m kind of embarrassed to see the guidos & the guidettes on the show. It’s like a weird blast from the past and honestly, I would tell people here in California that Jersey isn’t really like that, but that cast reminds me of people that I would see in the New York bar scene.

Now, I feel the same way with a new show called, Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.

Startups of Silicon Valley

The cast of Start-Ups: Silicon Valley

There’s been some chat about it around the Bay Area, and it’s sort of mixed. People are pissed that it’s over glamorizing the industry and at the same time it shows you a little bit of what it’s like to live here and how intense it can be to get an investor.

Jon can barely handle the show, he can barely handle anything that I watch on Bravo. He tolerates it when he’s working on one of his projects because it stops me from nagging him and he can just listen along and give his two cents. This one is a little harder for him, since he’s already in the trenches of it on a day-to-day basis.

So if you don’t know anything about the show here’s what it is. Six beautiful people in Silicon Valley try to be part of the next big idea and get people to invest in them. Along the way, they party, fight and try to have some fun while living here. That’s the most general way I can describe the show, but here’s what it looks like from where I’m sitting:

  • I don’t think I’ve ever been to a costume party here. I have been to a party where people were wearing animal ears and I thought that was strange.
  • Yes, this is the holy land for geeks and nerds alike. You get more street credit for knowing code, talking industry and knowing about the latest big idea/game, then you do for owning that lastest designer outfits.
  • People here can be weird. I went to my favorite bar one day for lunch, just get out of the office. At the time, I was working next to one of the biggest startups in the area. The bartender was telling me that the night before, the company reserved the whole bar for a special happy hour for all the employees. Tons of people were drinking, flirting, laughing and having a good time. When she looked at the end of the bar, she noticed three guys were having a competition of sorts. She later realized that they were artists at the company and were having a competition of who could draw something the fastest.
  • There is a lot of drinking involved. I once told Jon that I drank here more than I ever drank in New York and he laughed. I think it has something to do with some of the tech guys feeling awkward when they’re not coding and still feeling weird when they talk to a girl. Best way to break through the anxiety? Throw in some alcohol, it always works.
  • San Francisco is gorgeous, but it gets freaking cold here and we have Indian summers.
  • The office environment is casual and many offer free lunches or something to that effect, but it’s because people expect you to work hard when you’re there. (Side note, I would never dare appear at a job interview not in a suit or professional attire. I’m a New Yorker through and through.)

I don’t know if I can really enjoy this show since I’m pretty use to being a part of the drama and hearing about it from Jon everyday. I do love seeing the places they go and trying to play the game, “do I recognize that place?” However, I’m always a sucker for Bravo TV so this might be something that I watch when I’m sick in bed and I’m tired of everything else on television.

Oh Bravo, how well you know me.

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