The only thing we're looking forward to more than Bravo's new reality show Start-Ups: Silicon Valley is the tech sector's exasperated reaction to it.
Yes Bravo, startups are all about drama and decadence. Ugh. bravotv.com/start-ups-sili…— Lesley Yarbrough (@sprouticus) October 8, 2012
Everyone on Bravo’s new Silicon Valley reality show look like actors that weren’t hot enough to get work in LA.— Christina Warren (@film_girl) October 8, 2012
In addition to being a perfectly engineered trolling mechanism, Start-Ups: Silicon Valley is also a reality-TV show that promises to introduce Bravo's viewership to some of the tech sector's more colorful characters. There's Ben Way, a self-described "entrepreneurial prodigy" from the U.K., whose sister Hermione also has the start-up itch. There's Dwight Crow, a work-hard, play-hard programmer who, according to his biography on Bravo's site, "carries a form of leprosy from living in the Amazon." And on and on down the cast list, each member seeming more outlandish and less self-aware than the last one.
It sounds, in other words, like a reality show — albeit one set in an industry that takes itself way too seriously.
And while we don't know how, exactly, Bravo will make the start-up world into something worth watching, we applaud the channel's efforts and are very much looking forward to the November 5 premiere. There hasn't been this much weeping and gnashing of teeth in Silicon Valley since Limewire got shut down.