As much as I love the show, it wasn't perfect. In particular, it never found much to say about racial and gender discrimination in tech, an issue the entire industry is still struggling to deal with. It'd be nice to see a similarly smart and vicious comedy focused on people you might not expect to find in every single startup.
Silicon Valley's final season, fittingly enough, begins at a congressional hearing. Richard is grilled about Pied Piper's data-collection practices over its proposed P2P network. In typical awkward hero geek fashion, he makes a fool of himself while making a noble proclamation: His company will never sell user data. Today, that's something Apple is also declaring, in a bid to differentiate itself from Google, Facebook and pretty much every other big tech company out there. Just a few days before the Silicon Valley premiere, Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress over the Libra digital currency, where he once again failed to engender any trust in a single word coming out of his mouth.
Privacy, and the need to use tech for good, was the driving force behind Silicon Valley throughout the season. Richard eventually learns that one of his employees is harvesting vast amounts of user data, including voice recordings from gaming headsets. And when a Chilean investor offers $1 billion for 10 percent of Pied Piper because of its data-collection capabilities (valuing the company at $10 billion), the moral conundrum seems insurmountable. It's hard to imagine many tech founders rejecting an offer like that today.