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I thought most of them were funny too. Startups are basically comedies, or at least seem so in retrospect.

One thing I've learned from YC is that practically all startups are broken in some way, no matter what face they show to the world. And novel kinds of breakage are the basis of humor.




I can relate to that. In January, without my knowledge, my newly minted startup hit Digg's frontpage. What followed was an entourage of hungry geeks that basically killed my shared hosting account. It took about 3 days for my site to recover with an upgraded VPS server. But every hour of those 3 days left me hysterical and I couldn't sleep at all :(

But it seems funny now that I look back. Whatever made me think a shared hosting account was the way to go? `:D


"Startups are basically comedies [...]"

I've been seriously waiting for a Scrubs-style primetime comedy on startups and/or Silicon Valley-esque entrepreneur culture. Maybe one of these days, I'll get a pilot-writer and pitch the idea to a network...


'... been seriously waiting for a Scrubs-style primetime comedy on startups and/or Silicon Valley-esque entrepreneur culture ...'

AGENT: "So tell me about the show, what's it about?"

NERD #1: "Well its 4 guys, sitting inside on computers typing, making jokes, writing code and eating pizza trying to reshape the social networks in cyberspace."

AGENT: "So do you go outside?"

GEEK #1: "No, we don't need to. I just look up 'alt.nerd.obsessive' and find the google location & look it up on google map."

AGENT: "Do you do normal things?". "You know Like go to cafe's and meet women?". "You know talk, drink coffee?"

GEEK #2: "I saw a girl this week. I've counted three this week... including the one at the 7-11". D"o you know what I'm working on? I'm optomising a ...."

NERD #2: "Don't listen to them. They're doing server side work. We are the front end guys. I own a mac. It's got an OS10-X Tiger OS with ..."

AGENT: zzz... zzz... zzz...

NERD #1: "Guys, guys your blowing it, jeez. Now look what your've done. You've put the agent to sleep. How we ever going to get on TV?"

Geek #2: "What about YouTube?"

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Oh yeah it's really going to catch on :)


You obviously haven't watched the IT Crowd: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=it+crowd&search=Search


I haven't, though it slightly rings a bell. I referred to the Wikipedia article on it and it reports a US pilot has just been filmed last month. I'll keep my eye on that one.


yes... very clever nerdy english show. Still waiting on series 2, "after the party" :)


Why write a script when you can just use reality? Give each startup in the next YC batch a video camera and get them to record the journey. They could either post it regularly as a video blog or save it all up and edit it into a lovely 2hour documentary. Would be great to watch and give outsiders a better idea of what startups are like. Kind of like 'Project Aardvark" [http://www.projectaardvark.com/movie/].


Kind of like, Startup.com http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0256408/


"Maybe one of these days, I'll get a pilot-writer and pitch the idea to a network..."

heh, or you could always pitch to YCombinator :D




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