In episode seven of “Silicon Valley’s” fifth season, Gilfoyle convinces Pied Piper CEO Richard Hendricks that the company should get into cryptocurrency.
Gilfoyle gives a presentation to argue that the startup should raise money using an initial coin offering instead of a series B round from a venture-capital firm.
HBO gave Business Insider Gilfoyle’s whole PowerPoint presentation, which is both useful and hilarious.
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is a biting satire of the tech industry, and the show’s writers use tech trends and real-life events to inform the storylines.
Since the show’s fourth season aired last year, cryptocurrency has gotten much bigger and become something a lot of people are talking about (or getting into) in Silicon Valley — including the characters on “Silicon Valley,” especially Gilfoyle.
“There are very few things that I will defend with true passion,” Gilfoyle says in the show. “Medical marijuana, the biblical Satan as a metaphor for rebellion against tyranny, and mother f—ing God d— cryptocurrency.”
In the seventh episode of the comedy’s excellent fifth season, Gilfoyle convinces Pied Piper CEO Richard Hendricks to use an initial coin offering to raise more money instead of a series B round of financing with a venture-capital firm.
In the episode, called “Initial Coin Offering,” Gilfoyle gives Richard a PowerPoint presentation supporting his vision for PiedPiperCoin, but we didn’t get to see the whole thing — until now.
HBO sent Business Insider the entirety of Gilfoyle’s presentation. The slideshow is not only incredibly funny, with hilarious references to the fact that Gilfoyle worships Satan — it’s also informative, outlining the rise of currency and cryptocurrency dating all the way back to Aristotle.
A representative for HBO said the season-five writers were inspired to make the presentation after a talk they received from Henry Berg, an engineer and bitcoin guru credited at the end of Gilfoyle’s slideshow. He also happens to be the brother of the “Silicon Valley” showrunner Alec Berg.
Here’s Gilfoyle’s entire slideshow about cryptocurrency.