Richard Hendricks is a software designer, creator of the Pied Piper app and algorithm, and the protagonist in HBO's Silicon Valley.


Richard invented and built the start-up Pied Piper, a program designed to find music matches, while living at Erlich’s Hacker Hostel alongside his best friend Big Head and fellow geeks Dinesh and Gilfoyle. Pied Piper’s compression algorithm triggered a bidding war and ultimately garnered funding from Peter Gregory's company Raviga. After winning TechCrunch Disrupt -- and $50,000 -- Richard and Pied Piper are in the spotlight more than ever, which for Richard means non-stop thrills (read: nausea and debilitating panic).[1]

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Jobs was a poser, he didn't even write code." (in Minimum Viable Product)

"Let’s just think different. Don’t 'think different,' that’s Apple." (in Minimum Viable Product)

"I always knew I was missing something, and then when someone explained the concept of ‘game’ I remember very distinctly thinking ‘That’s what I don’t have.’" (in Fiduciary Duties)

"I'm okay as long as I don't think about it." (in Proof of Concept)

Gallery Edit


  1. Official Site

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