As I was scrolling down the page over on Facebook, reading the latest posts from friends and family, i noticed a new ad to the right: Pied Piper, the fictional company from HBO’s hit show, Silicon Valley, is hiring!
The ad is pretty convincing; here’s hoping no one actually clicked through hoping for a tech job.
The link itself goes to an entire Silicon Valley website for Pied Piper, the compression algorithm startup in HBO’s comedy. Specifically, it links to a fictional “We’re hiring” blog post by none other than helpful managerial type, Jared Dunn.
The entire post reads in character, with tons of jabs at real Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity and bro culture.
“Resumes will not be accepted from any of the email/IP addresses I have compiled which have left certain comments on my blog,” writes Dunn. “These are comments that have threatened my person or encouraged me to perform acts not possible under the laws of physics, although I suspect a percentage of them may originate with PP’s Gilfoyle or Dinesh, in which case they’re all in good fun!”
Further, applicants must be “non-smoking, dog-friendly, fat-positive and respectful of the diversity in gender, race, religion, ableness, sexuality, age and weight which we hope to soon create.”
Tolerance of extreme rudeness, Satanism and marijuana use are also recommended as useful traits.
This is absolutely the best viral marketing I’ve seen in a long time, aping typical indie startups as show itself is wont to do.
Well done, bros!
Those with stronger techie skills than I can pore through the offered jobs (Core Compression Library Engineer, Java API Developer, Unit Tester, Video Hacker) and the technical requirements for each one for any easter eggs the show’s creative team have dropped in there. (I’m looking at you, “Knowledge of workflows for stitching multiple cameras into equirectangular spherical videos.”)