It’s a starter kit for startups

Much like a survival kit…not for zombies, though

Everyone’s getting hype with AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale and HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere, while Silicon Valley, which is overshadowed by zombies and iron throne, will have its Season 3 premiere on April 24th.

This saddens me a lot. The TV series which serves as my guide to business development is so underrated. I don’t even know who else is watching this kick-ass series. For a seasoned and successful businessperson, this could be a cringe worthy series because of the misfortunes. Someone who is, can relate on this. One does not simply forget how he or she failed before becoming triumphant. Well, for startups, this is a gem.

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Partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge’s experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s, this comedy series follows the misadventures of introverted computer programmer Richard and his brainy friends as they attempt to strike it rich in a high-tech gold rush. They live together in a Bay Area startup incubator loosely run by self-satisfied dot-com millionaire Erlich, who lets them stay in his house rent-free in exchange for a stake in the projects they invent there. But when Richard develops a powerful search algorithm at his day job, he finds himself caught in the middle of a bidding war between his boss — whose firm offers Richard an eight-figure buyout — and a deep-pocketed venture capitalist.

The Jump

How it all started

I admit it, I do not know anything about business operations before, except the basics and common terms until I decided to have an advanced study about it after watching the first season of Silicon Valley.

I was an employee before that and the mindset I had that time was bad. There will be moments that you might think that you’re just a money-making machine, making billionaires richer, creating cool stuff which later on becoming their intellectual property, discovering and formulating new algorithms that will be credited to the company, and so much more. It’s not a bad thing for some after all, don’t get me wrong. It’s just me, and by that, I want to build my own. So, there I was, took a leap of faith.

The Team

How we all started

Of course, there will be someone who shares the same sentiments as mine, and that’s how our team was founded. We became pioneers of our own processes and developed a different culture.

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The Game

We’ll win this, soon

There are key lessons and huge amount of knowledge you can gain from Silicon Valley which we actually applied in our current startup project. We carefully enhanced the techniques and practices we’ve learned in the series and we implemented it on the project, management and development. The good thing about this is that we now can anticipate what possible events our startup would encounter and the mistakes we could possibly make would be minimal. Things like SWOT analysis and scrum helped us to mold our team’s culture. It’s not always about the talent. Team work, planning and collaboration are also essential.

Conclusion

I’ll go into the details of the episodes next blog. We do not want spoilers here.

For someone who’s not exposed to business just yet, Silicon Valley is for you. Not as reliable as studying business courses but you could start from here. You will know things like how to make a business plan, how to negotiate with applicants and investors, have funding, distribute equities, and what can valuations do to you. If you’re a developer, all the jokes will make you chuckle and you’ll know how app names are so important. For Game of Thrones fans, think of King’s Landing as Palo Alto and you’re good to go. As for me, this will be the first TV series that I will watch again from the first episode.

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