Sex, lies and Silicon Valley


Sex lies Silicon Valley POST


When I saw the trailer for the new reality show Startups: Silicon Valley, I thought it was going to be a fascinating insight into the wheeling and dealing of founders, investors and everyone in between. The producers obviously had other ideas. The focus is less on entrepreneurialism, and more on petty bickering. But, just like watching a train crash about to happen … I just can’t look away.

This week, we got a peek into the lives, loves and entrepreneurial dreams of a bunch of startup founders in the new reality TV show called Startups: Silicon Valley which debuted on Foxtel. It promises to track this group of of 20- and 30-somethings who are coding by day, getting drunk by night, and pitching to venture capitalists to fund their big dreams somewhere in between.

Produced by Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the “cast” all hope to turn their startups into billion dollar businesses one day. Presumably the colon in the title means we may one day see a slew of spinoff shows like Startups: Austin; Startups: New York City; and, who knows, maybe even Startups: The Shire.

The show has followed the formula of reality shows like The Real Housewives of New York City. They’ve secured a good-looking cast. This one has Dwight, 26 (the Tim Ferriss lookalike); Hermoine, 26 (the Chloe Sevigny lookalike) and her brother Ben, 31 (both from London).

There’s also Sarah, 26 (who has pashed Ben and hates Hermoine). And there’s
David, 28 (the gay-guy-whp-used-to-be-fat-but-then-plastic-surgeried-his-way-to-hotness); and Kim, 30 (who looks like she could be a long lost Kardashian).

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About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.