From awkward personalities to wacky start-up names, HBO's Silicon Valley mocks the pervasive clichés that plague the Valley.
But while the show pokes fun of all the absurdities of the tech promised land, the guys that produce, direct and act in the show are actually pretty impressed by what most of the tech companies are doing.
CNBC talked with the executive producers and two of the main characters at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt NY to get an idea of what they really think about start-up life.
"What comes out of the Valley is pretty amazing. I always say that the one that blows my mind the most is Shazam. That is sorcery to me," said Alec Berg, an executive producer, writer and co-director of the show. Shazam is an app that can often identify what song is currently playing by simply hearing it.
Actor and comedian Thomas Middleditch, who plays a nervous programmer on the show, said he's a big fan of Oculus Rift, which started as a Kickstarter project and recently got purchased by Facebook for $2 billion.
TJ Miller, who plays Richard's business partner Erlich, has even invested and developed an app called 'Slang with Homies,' a gaming app similar to Words with Friends.
(Watch the video to hear more from Middleditch and Miller)