14 ways HBO's 'Silicon Valley' nailed the real tech industry


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HBO's "Silicon Valley," which returns to the air tonight, is hilarious, but it's also committed to authenticity - even if it means things get weird sometimes.


To get there, showrunner Mike Judge and his crew employ consultants and even a few real-life startups - in addition to reading tech news from sites, including Business Insider - just to make sure things can be as real as possible.

That means going beyond a few nerdy in-jokes and reflecting the real culture of the actual Silicon Valley, capital of the tech world.

Here's how "Silicon Valley" gets the little things right so it can make some big jokes: