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Richard Hendricks

Played by: Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley

Richard Hendricks is a software designer, creator of the Pied Piper app and algorithm, and the protagonist in HBO's Silicon Valley. Richard Hendricks invented and built 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 nerds Dinesh and Gilfoyle. Pied Piper’s compression algorithm sparks a bidding war in Silicon Valley, giving Richard a certain level of power. Richard doesn’t deal with stress well, and as quickly becomes clear, decision-making is not one of his strong suits.