Cast Blog: #SILICONVALLEY

Sarah Defines Date-Cheating

Kim Talks Shonova

Ending the Friendship with Sarah

David's GoalSponsors Progress

David's Start-Up Advice

Kim Quits!

Hermione's Start-Up Meltdown

Is Sarah the White Oprah?

Ben and Hermione's Brawl

What's Ben Worth?

A 'When Harry Met Sally' Relationship

Sarah's Guide to Dating Geeks

Sarah, Jay, and Hermione's Love Triangle

"Dating in Silicon Valley Sucks!"

Stuck in Between Sarah and Jay

The SXSW Debacle

How (Not to) Pitch for Investment

Just Say "Yes"

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

David's 'Twilight'-esque Complexion

Sarah Defines Date-Cheating

Sarah dishes on why she was so angry at Jay and provides the 411 on date-cheating.

Episode 3 starts off with a major surprise: I learn the Way sibling motives -- one wants to sleep with me and the other wants to make-up because otherwise “it’s really bad for business.” Either way it’s monkey business.

I truly don’t know what I did to deserve the apparent level of scrutiny and hatred from the San Francisco Villa gang. I’m all the way in Palo Alto working and they’re 30 miles north partying. I only talk about the Way duo with my two girlfriends who live in the Peninsula and they just feign interest. No one in Silicon Valley cares. And since when did shots of the Golden Gate Bridge represent the heart of Silicon Valley? I would’ve loved to see them film more shots in Palo Alto on University.

Do you ever get the feeling people are talking about you in a room full of people? Well as it turns out, sometimes it’s true. Hermione thinks I’m spreading rumors about her, but everyone’s at her house talking about me. And then there’s the old saying, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you, and as much as I tried to convince myself it wasn’t true – there it is in living color.

Why can’t I lend a friend money when I make so much money? Asked random tweets from the twitterverse. Everyone thinks I’m so rich. I’m not a rich woman! Seriously, I had given out money at the exact time he asked me and am still owed back by my cousin. When I said the comment about the 10k a tweet, I didn’t mean I sit around writing tweets all day and laughing to the bank. I was talking about a deal I did with a large tech titan who owns a part of Facebook right around the time Vanity Fair called me America’s Tweetheart. I misspoke, it included a handful of tweets and a video. Also, David shouldn’t have asked me for money. We definitely aren’t close enough for that to be appropriate. You don’t usually get to hear Hermione’s talk-track directly but others reference it, like when Marcus shops with David for cowboy boots and says he only hears bad things about me because he lives with Hermione. Furthermore, I could tell there was something up with Jay. He had been into me a couple weeks before when he had kissed me in my hotel room. But then when I saw him for the first time after that initial connection, I could tell things weren’t right. Turns out I was able to teach him a thing or two about how to dress for a date. He left his beanie behind; you’re welcome, Hermione.

Line dancing was so fun! David and Marcus were taking the dance seriously and I was just having fun with it. I was thinking the night was probably going to be full of surprises. Turns out, it was! While many viewers will be upset at me for throwing a half-glass of water on Jay, my feelings were hurt and I was impulsive.

I could be less impulsive, but when a man is “date-cheating” on you it hurts. Many people on Twitter are asking me, what is date-cheating? A date-cheat is when a man makes his intention very clear and then goes behind your back with another woman. What did he think, that I wasn’t going to find out? He deserved it. To find out more about Date-cheating look at Urban Dictionary.

If you want more behind-the-scenes insight follow me on twitter, like me on Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube Channel for all my updates around the clock all day every day.

www.youtube.com/pop17
www.twitter.com/sarahaustin
www.facebook.com/sarahmariaaustin

Stay tuned for the next episode.

Xox Sarah

Ending the Friendship with Sarah

David reacts to Sarah's accusations.

Building a product is hard enough, but launching it and putting a big event together to generate marketing buzz for it at the same time was almost enough to put me over the edge! But I've been working my butt off to get GoalSponsors out the door and launched, and after several months of effort, I was able to have a successful launch event and gain enough buzz to get a great set of beta users to test out the product! It's live in the app store if you'd like to give it a try:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goalsponsors/id563679640

I'm proud of myself, for sure, but I definitely didn't do it alone. There were several other companies that have helped me quite a bit, including NoXcuses Fitness and especially Appcelerator, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me make my app and my launch a success. A good number of people showed up to the launch event -- not an AMAZING number, but a strong 100-150ish, and after all the beta signups, I've been able to test my product out on real people, get feedback, and launch something that's now helping people achieve their biggest goals in life! In fact, the total weight loss of our users is in the hundreds of pounds, and we've only been live for the past month or so! On the business side of things, life is going well.On the personal side of things, not everything is so great. It's really hard to see someone that you've been close to turn around and do something to hurt you. When Sarah asked me to meet with her that day, she sent a text asking if I had time to get together and when I asked what it was about, she alluded to it being about business, and then quickly changed the subject. Nevertheless, I showed up in generally good spirits, so I was caught completely off guard when she accused of "physically assaulting," even "tackling" her -- thank goodness the world was able to see the moment she was referring to, in which she tries to interrupt Hermione's presentation at my event and I come to her calmly and escort her away from the stage, smiling and being generally friendly, as I didn't want to create drama at my own event.

So that hurt me quite a bit. Also, she was upset that I didn't provide a booth for her, but she literally never asked me, and the truth is (and I told her this) that if she wanted a booth, all she had to do was tell me and I would have given it to her. Ben and Hermione asked, and that was why I gave them one. Sarah never did.

There's a lot more to that conversation at the Four Seasons, from accusing me of trying to keep her and Hermione apart to trying to take credit for someone else's work in helping put together my event, the list of things she threw at me that day was quite large, and to this day I don't understand why she did it, knowing that I was her confidant, that I was there when everyone else was against her... why me, of all people? Was it just to create drama? Just to establish herself as the queen bee or, dare I say it, the villain?Needless to say, that was the last conversation I had with Sarah. I'm all for second chances when people make mistakes that were unintentional, but the kind of cold calculation Sarah did that day made me realize that it is better for me to let the friendship end and not do anything further to try and continue it. For once I was a part of the drama, not just the instigator of it -- and boy was that a reminder that it's better to be on the sidelines when the poo hits the fan!

Thanks for watching Start-Ups: Silicon Valley! Feel free to check out my app, follow me (Facebook, Twitter), or book me for speaking engagements by emailing the address listed at the bottom of my website!

Cheers,
Dave