Vinit Misra

Ever wondered who created the compression algorithms and all the technical stuff  in the startup world that you see in HBO’s Silicon ValleyWe talk to the character behind the technology. Meet Dr. Vinith Misra, the technical consultant, who worked with Mike Judge and his team on the series.

He was working on his PhD with Prof. Tsachy Weissman at Stanford, when they were contacted by the creators of Silicon Valley to help them with the technical aspects of the TV series. And that is how Dr. Misra got involved in the show, which he describes as a dark comedy set in the world of startup, unicorns and Tres Comma Club.

Dr. Misra is very familiar with Silicon Valley’s startup and tech culture since this is where he grew up and went to school except for a brief foray to the East Coast to study at MIT. He now works in Silicon Valley.

Judge and his team’s requirement for the show were deeply authentic points out Dr. Misra. They just did not want authentic technology, but also one that bordered on being provocative and that was an interesting challenge for him. He helped create the technical world and all the deep compression technology that is at the heart of the show.

We talk to Dr. Misra on how he landed up working on Silicon Valley, and how he balanced his research work at Stanford and working on the project.  Tune in to find out Dr. Misra has to say on HBO’s Silicon Valley.


Judge was a test engineer and spent time working in Silicon Valley before he migrated south to Los Angeles to work on films and television.

This interview was originally aired on TV in San Francisco Bay area. You can watch the TV interview on our YouTube channel.


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