Why Would Anyone Want To Star In A Reality TV Show About Silicon Valley?
Whilst I cannot say too much personally, because it's not like I'm taking part in any reality TV show being made about Silicon Valley *cough*.
The news has clearly ruffled a few feathers in the industry and It's hard to keep quiet.
First the news broke, then people reacted, then people reacted to the reaction, then the press reacted to the reaction of the reaction -clearly there's not going to be enough drama in Silicon Valley to make this a hit show.
Drama aside, the real question we need to ask here is why would anyone want to take part in a reality TV Show About Silicon Valley?
The cast clearly know nothing about entrepreneurship or startups, can't write a line of code, know nothing about being a minority in tech or have dedicated any of their professional lives to technology. And well, there has to be some eye candy.
To answer the question above lets pose some hypothetical reasons why this dull cast who are neither charismatic or ambitious would ever want to put themselves through this torture?
1. Could it be because TV is a great platform to voice opinions people care about? Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are all platforms where people voice opinions every day, but TV is a completely different platform, it's... TV. (gasp!), yep I said TV (Off with their heads!), as in Television? (Feed their mutilated caucuses to the rats!).
No, TV is dead. 88 million homes? Meh who needs TV when you've got 15,000 Twitter followers and 5,000 Facebook friends?
2. Could it be a great opportunity to share Silicon Valley culture with the rest of America in tough economic times when programs like Code Academy and Startup America are trying to do exactly that; inspire a generation into realizing they too have the tools they need to get an idea off the ground and create economic wealth to kick start the economy?
Absolutely Not. Everyone outside of Silicon Valley is a dumb-ass who should not even bother to ever build a startup or do anything productive with their lives. Silicon Valley culture should not be shared with anyone, it should be kept elitist only for those who personally know someone working at Cute Panda's Daily or another tech blog that only focuses on coverage of startups in their investor's portfolio.
3. Could it be because the cast have products they are building and want to get exposure on the show and they are entrepreneurs who realize that getting exposure for startups and products on a show that could potentially reach 88million people could be a great opportunity?
Dumb idea. Any good entrepreneur knows you should build a product and not tell anyone about it or try to get any user adoption what so ever. Like duh. Pinterest, for example, is only used by people in the bubble of Silicon Valley; to even think it would get used by 10million, mostly women in the mid-west of the USA is absolutely ludicrous. Just ludicrous I tell you.
4. Could It be because the cast want to damage the image of Silicon Valley to the wider world as a place where people just get drunk all day long and try to build apps that get you laid?
5. Could the answer possibly be Why Not?
NO. Life is short, you should never EVER try any new experiences like a (gasp!) TV show. If someone comes to you and says 'would you like to do a TV show?', say no, stay at home, lock all your doors and windows, shut the blinds. Repete after me: Do Not Take The Opportunity, you will fail, so don't even bother trying.
Failure...yes it must fail, this show couldn't possibly be aspirational or anything different than the Jersey Shore of Silicon Valley. So lets berate it as doomed for failure before we've even seen it. And me? Forget technology, entrepreneurship and startups, I want to be like Snooki when I grow up.
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