Astro Teller Met & Walked Out On 'Silicon Valley' Writers

HBO's Silicon Valley is a bold, style-heavy caricature of the real epicenter of the tech world in the United States. The show relies heavily on satire, sometimes to brutal effect, as well as a near-constant stream of tech world in-jokes and the crudest of humor blended seamlessly together. Even for somebody with no knowledge of how the iconic California district is run, it's hard to watch the show without noticing some very realistic and down-to-Earth shots being taken at the bigwigs and the big companies of Silicon Valley. All of the intrigue, shoutouts and good-natured ribbing, however, are the result of insane amounts of research, most of it involving speaking with actual Silicon Valley movers and shakers. Many of them speak directly to the show's creators, Mike Judge (of Beavis & Butt-Head and King of the Hill fame) and Alec Berg, best known for writing Seinfeld.

One of the movers and shakers that they ended up meeting with fairly recently, happened to be Astro Teller, the head of X. They were apparently consulting with him on how to approach X's in-show counterpart. In the show, a company called Hooli, much smaller than the real-life search giant that inspired it, is working its way up in the Silicon Valley hierarchy. When they create a moonshot department, called HooliXYZ, it becomes the butt of a good amount of jokes. Teller, however, wasn't apparently that impressed with it. Reportedly, he told the two writers that the things that X was doing were serious, then got up and left in a dramatic fashion.

Although Silicon Valley has faced opposition from the real deal companies before, it's generally nothing that's too big of a deal. Teller's outburst, in fact, is in no way reflective of Google's attitude toward the well-loved show. Google has even aired fake search results related to the show, as part of a possible new feature. At the moment, not much has been said about the meeting with Teller, and there seem to be no plans to change the whimsical nature of HooliXYZ. If Judge and Berg decide to incorporate the incident into the show somehow, it will be interesting to see just how they choose to approach it.

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