StartUp (2016) s02e08 Episode Script

Opportunity Cost

1 Early this morning we broke 300,000 users.
(NICK) All because of you, Wes.
You put on a clinic at BuzzTech.
Are we on a first date? I didn't know that.
I'm wearing my date dress.
I need to know, can you protect my investment? - What is this about? - We're just out here chillin'.
It's like all of my friends.
Come back then with some of my friends.
(MUSIC PLAYING) You ever have these? Mmm Missing out.
These aren't all for me, by the way.
I promised my kids.
Okay, so ArakNet.
There's no guarantee this cuts through.
I gotta be clear about that right up front.
Everybody's hip to this sorta thing.
Different times, you know? - Isaak says you're the best.
- I am.
When can you have it out there? I got a couple guys I can put on it right away.
This one girl actually did a piece on Hillary last year You promised you'd be writing this yourself, Steve.
Well, you know, I'm a little jammed up right now.
But if you really need it that quick (COMPUTERIZED COINS CLINKING) (VERA QUIETLY CLEARS THROAT) (ROOSTER CROWING) (GASPING, PANTING) (SIGHS) You liked that? Mmm Stells, come here.
- You don't have to do that.
- (STELLA SIGHS) (NEWSMAN ON RADIO TALKING) (WES) So, last week was a good week.
But we're nowhere close.
We managed to undercut some of Guizer's user base, but I mean, they, they just got too much exposure already.
We need Beyoncé.
Hm? That music streamin' outfit, Tidal.
Little company.
Hard to compete with Apple and Spotify.
Those are big dogs.
And then they go and sign an exclusive deal with Beyoncé.
Now if you're a Beyoncé fan, you've got to have Tidal to hear her new shit.
Well that's a hundred million users right there.
- Boom.
- So, what are you saying? You want us to call Beyoncé? What are you getting at? SchoolYard.
(MARA) Oh, shit, yeah, I read about this.
380 million users.
Fifth largest social media platform in the world.
And it just came out, they selling their user data to the highest bidder.
Something they said they would never do.
They on the ropes.
They need to restore trust.
(RONALD) They need to reinvent themselves.
(NICK) We would inherit all their users.
(MARA) Yeah, all the one's that stay.
- SchoolYard's our Bey.
- That's what's up.
(MARA) My friend, Kyle, knows one of their program managers.
So, I could probably swing setting us a meeting.
Really? - Where are they at? - San Francisco.
All right.
Let's set it up for tomorrow, whatever it takes.
Three of us take my jet.
Yo.
(NICK EXHALES) Sorry, man.
Everybody knows it was your idea.
I get it, bro.
I'm a grownup.
You all right, though? Peaches.
Okay.
I mean, there's a lot at stake, and I it's not my business.
I just wanna make sure you're You're okay.
I'm good, bruh.
Peaches.
Well, see you when I get back.
(MARCO GROANS) Ooh.
Ahh! Seriously? - - Keep your voice down.
SchoolYard are young, they're idealists.
(NICK) Yeah, that's exactly where I think we should appeal to them, ya know? Show them ArakNet has the same intentions.
Operating outside the system.
No, no, no, no, no.
- No? - No, man.
We're there to be their white knight.
Look, if we coddle them, if we placate 'em, it's gonna seem like we're desperate.
No, we go in there and we let 'em know, hey, you shit the bed.
You're hypocrite pricks.
Your company's on life support and we're here to give you a second chance.
I mean, maybe I'm wrong, who knows? Who knows? (WES) I get the suite.
Sure do.
Thank you.
I'm gonna go decimate the mini-bar.
Good night.
Uh, I could use a proper drink, how about you? Yeah, yeah.
So, look, uh Your dad, he's - He's got a lot of money.
- Mmm.
But, um, he has been out of the game for over a decade.
So I, I don't feel like (SIGHS) He's the most in-touch person.
And the thing about tech is, it's very touchy.
Well, you're right, I think you're right, but, um But I also think you're kind of missing the point.
Enlighten me.
It's a facade.
What's a facade? Your dad being out of touch? No, no, tech people being touchy-feely.
You know, at the end of the day, people are just people.
- And Paige Clarkson - Sure.
The woman who runs SchoolYard is not a good person.
- No? - Unh-unh.
My friend Kyle who set this up, he - Uh-huh.
- You know, gave me - the scoop on her.
- Mm-hmm.
And she just talks a big game but All the Kumbaya bullshit and the company retreats to Mammoth.
They do this thing called Activity Day where nobody does any work and they just do, like - Arts and crafts.
- No Oh, my God, your face, um (NICK CHUCKLES) I'm just saying Behind closed doors, Paige is - a very different person.
- Mmm.
Okay.
Bit of a C word.
Uh God.
Sorry, I know, was that No, you can say it.
We're in mixed company.
- In mixed company.
- Yeah, yeah.
Well, you can whisper it to me.
All right, I'll whisper it to you.
(MARA LAUGHS) - Um, yeah, right.
- Right? Second favorite word of all time.
- It is? - Yeah.
What's your first? (COUNTRY SONG PLAYING) (FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING) (DOOR OPENING) Oh! The monster! Get him! - Whoa! Hey! Guys! Guys! Where - Monkeys? Where'd you go? (CLAIRE LAUGHS) They're capturing me! (CHILDREN LAUGHING) Okay, okay, okay, seriously.
I need 15 minutes.
- And then we can play, okay? - All right, guys.
(CLAIRE) Thought you were helping me with dinner.
Go, go, go.
Thanks, lovey, I'll be done in 20.
(ELEVATOR BELL DINGS) (NICK) I had more to drink than you, right? Yeah, I don't I don't think so.
Um, but I think Then why am I more drunk than you? - I don't think you are.
- You're a little - You're a tiny person.
- (MARA LAUGHS) - Um, no, I think I'm just - And you're - Um - Um - Is this you? - I just slept more probably.
- Yeah, this is me.
- Oh, shit, okay, that's Well, then, hey, that's me.
Oh, good to know.
- I'm that guy.
- Neighbors.
Um You gonna be all right? You gonna You know, brush your teeth and all that stuff? All good stuff? Yeah, I think so.
Yeah, let me know if you need me to hold your hair back or anything? Right, well right.
Okay, good night, uh Uh, tomorrow, at breakfast.
Pow-wow at 8:00 in the morning.
Oh, yeah, that.
Hey Sleep safe.
You too, sweet dreams.
(NEWSWOMAN ON TV) In the U.
S.
Pew Research finds that millennials have now taken over baby boomers as the largest living population.
Baby boomers that core group that define our relationship with money (LOUD BANGING ON DOOR) (EMMANUEL) Ronnie! Ronnie! They do, though.
Yo.
Say, man.
Can't leave you out here by your lonesome, you feel me? (FRANTZ) Simon still holdin' that table for us.
Just like old times.
(EMMANUEL) Come hit the club, dog.
Come on.
Ahh Yeah, cool.
(EMMANUEL) L.
A.
Seven about to hit the club tonight, boy.
Yeah, boy.
(FRANTZ SNIFFS) Big Ronnie and his boys.
Like old times, fam.
Like we used to do it.
(LAUGHS) Ha-ha! (HIP-HOP SONG PLAYING) (MUFFLED MUSIC) (CELL PHONE RINGING) (RADIO PLAYING) (SNIFFING) (BIRDS CHIRPING) (IZZY) I don't think this shit is ringing.
(CAR APPROACHING) That's him.
Thank you, Raul.
(STELLA) Thank you.
(IZZY) The hell you been at? I missed the meeting with the network team.
Shit.
Look, dude, I know you're not all about picking our asses up every day, but this is what we agreed to with Wes.
You okay? - Get down, get down, get down! - (IZZY) What? - Ronnie - Stay down.
My God, Izzy! - Izzy! Oh, my God! - Stay down, stay down.
Glass is bulletproof.
Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! (MAN MOANING AND WHIMPERING) (IZZY) Stells, I got you, I got you.
Y'all all right? Damn, Ronnie! What the hell was that? Were they following you? I missed it.
Yeah, yeah, you missed it.
'Cause you're all messed up.
I could smell you from the damn boat.
(STELLA) Izzy, stop, please! I'm not gonna go anywhere, okay? - You're going home.
- No, I'm not.
You're going back to Palo Alto.
You're gonna beg that guy to get back with you.
And you're gonna forget that any of this ever happened.
No, no! Izzy! Can you just, like, can you put all my stuff down, and can we just talk about this for, like, one second? I'm not gonna go anywhere.
Ronald sent Tam away.
When shit got really real, he sent his wife and his daughter away.
And what did I do, Stella? I called you and I asked you to drop everything? And I flew your ass out here.
And I put you right here! Right in the middle of the problem.
That's where I put you! You shouldn't have been here.
That stuff Is this yours? (CELL PHONE RINGING) This is Nick.
(WES AND MARA CHATTERING) Okay, do you wanna reschedule? What? What? No, hang on, sorry, sorry, sorry, slow Will you just say that again what, what that I've never heard of this, I'm sorry.
The "Phoenix Sentinel?" What the fuck is the "Phoenix Sentinel"? (NICK) What? What? - Shit.
- I don't know what - Um, okay.
- Shit.
(NICK) Okay, I - Holy shit.
- Oh, my God.
This is just fake news, this is crazy.
What the hell is the "Phoenix Sentinel?" Doesn't matter because everybody else has picked it up.
Holy shit, I mean, look at this.
It just doesn't have anything to do with us, - so I don't really know, I mean - This is insane.
- This sinks us.
- Yeah, this is Well, let me get to the bottom of it and I'll, I'll I understand.
Let me get to the bottom of it.
- No, I understand, I understand.
- How in the world? How in the world? I don't know how it but it doesn't really matter.
Because it's literally Let us clear this up and then I'm gonna get back to you.
It doesn't matter, I'm gonna get back to you.
- Thank you so much.
- This doesn't make any sense.
Well, obviously, they cancelled Oh, shit, this has gotta be Axis, right? Axis! Yeah, shit.
We need to do a preemptive email 'cause everyone's gonna see it.
(WES) I'm not taking this shit from Axis.
Uh, wow, so everyone I mean, everyone knows.
Uh, let's start emailing our clients.
And let them know that there's this bullshit out there.
- - (NICK) Why would you bail over this? - I'm telling you - But the thing is is that it's not true so Please, wait, wait, don't hang up, don't hang Well, look, if it isn't Dude, you're gonna call me tomorrow morning and you're gonna beg me to forget this conversation ever happened.
Because it it's bullshit.
(MARA) I know everyone's picked it up.
Trust me, you don't need to tell me that.
What I'm asking you is, is where it came from? - I need I just need - Smoke and mirrors, man.
- I'm telling you.
- Okay.
(WES) Right.
(STELLA CRYING) - This was really dumb.
- No.
Izzy, it wasn't dumb.
- I didn't think.
- Well, I did.
I knew the risks when I was coming out here.
This was my choice.
Not yours.
Hey, Izz? Izz? Sorry, guys, um Can you call Nick? He's trying to reach you.
Bad shit happening.
(NICK) We're gonna squash it.
It's literally everywhere.
I know, Mara's talking to some people right now.
(IZZY) What about our other clients? Nick? (EXHALES) Nick? - They're dropping like flies.
- This is gonna kill us.
If people think that we're cliqued with the Feds? No-no-no, no-no-no, look, we can fix it.
Sure, okay, how? Nick, you can't fix fake news.
Once people see it Listen, I think the only way to get out from under this is if the original author comes out publicly and says the whole thing was a hoax.
And that, that confession would have to be every bit as big as the fake story.
- That's impossible.
- Can you find out who wrote it? Sure, I can try and trace his IP address, but Dude's probably hiding behind major layers of proxy's and shell corps.
Yeah, okay, but it's doable.
Anything's doable, Nick.
Well, then, let's make it happen.
What if we find the guy? How are you gonna get this person to come out publicly against his own article? Ronald.
Queen! Queen! - What? - Check this out.
I think you're gonna be happy.
So, I hacked into the "Phoenix Sentinel" website and I tracked the blog registration down to the this handle: CreepyCruller73.
From there, I looked at other sites that use that exact same handle, and one of them was linked to this shell corporation, Donut Fiend, LLC.
Obviously, from there it's easy.
I just went into original registration address for the shell corporation and Steve.
Steven Brasik.
Fired from the "Herald" four years ago.
That's your guy.
You're welcome.
(CHUCKLES) (IZZY) This guy's a douchebag.
This is a guy who makes a million dollars a year ruining people's lives.
He got kids, Izzy.
He got a family.
I'm not asking you to kill him.
Ronnie, I just Convince him.
Why don't you convince him if that's all you need? Just movin' the pieces.
Like you always do.
Me, Nick.
Your homegirl Stella.
You don't never think of the consequences till it's too late.
You ever think about that, Izzy? Why you got all this badness that just follows you around? I get it.
You're going through a lot of shit right now.
It's understandable.
But if you can't do this one thing ArakNet is as good as dead.
(TV PLAYING) (CAR ALERT PINGS) (CLATTERS TO FLOOR) (ALERT PINGING) (TV PLAYING) (MUFFLED CRYING) No! No! No! (MUFFLED SCREAMING) (MUFFLED SCREAMS CONTINUE) It's okay Do y'all know how to count to 100? When I leave, count to 100.
Then you help Mommy and you help Daddy.
You got that? Okay.
(PARENTS MUFFLED CRYING) (STEVE CRYING) It's okay.
(MUFFLED CRYING) First thing tomorrow.
Make it happen.
(STEVE CRYING) (MUFFLED CRYING) (NEWSWOMAN) There was the story about Bernie last year? (STEVE ON TV) Yeah, that was, um, uh completely made up.
- - There was also, as I'm sure you recall, a less than savory story about some people at our own network here.
And I feel awful about it, Brooke, really, I do.
So, you're going on the record to say that story was also fabricated? (STEVE) 100 percent.
Would you be willing to go on the record right here today and tell us pretty much everything you've published through the "Phoenix Sentinel" is entirely false? (CELL PHONE RINGING) (STEVE) Totally fabricated, totally false.
(TV SHUTTING OFF) Hello? This is Nick.
Hey, there, how's it going? Yeah, yeah, we actually are still in town.
Funny enough, uh, had a, had a couple of meetings still.
Um this afternoon? Yeah, let me You know what? Let me check real fast, hang on.
Yeah, it's gonna work fine, um So, we'll see you there, 4:00? Okay, excellent, see you then.
Pow! You son of a bitch.
(ELEVATOR BELL DINGS) (PEOPLE CHATTERING) - How are you? - Suhil.
- Hi, guys.
- Hey, Paige.
- Very nice to meet you.
- Nice to meet you.
- Nick, hi.
- Becca.
- Nice to meet you, Becca.
- You as well.
Thank you guys for coming in.
(NICK) Our pleasure, thanks for having us.
So, sorry for bailing the other day.
Oh, hey, that's It's totally understandable.
Woulda Woulda probably done the same thing.
(MARA) Yeah, we get it.
Thank God it got debunked, though.
Tell me about it, I mean, that Steve Brasik guy's a creep.
(SUHIL) Yeah, unfortunately there's still, like, a million other guys just like him out there.
(NICK) Gross.
(WES) Know what's not fake news? (EXHALES) You guys seem to be in a lot of trouble.
Um, more, like, a P.
R.
problem.
(WES) I mean, what happened? You were, you were challenging the big dogs.
Facebook, Snapchat.
We, we still have a healthy share (WES) You're not even part of the conversation anymore.
Uh, I wouldn't say that.
Your stock is bleeding like a 13-year-old girl.
And your users, I mean, they think you're stealing all their information and selling it - to the big conglomerates.
- Because you are.
Which, I mean, whatever, but Don't get caught, right? Well, especially when you're touting yourself as the the new digital Robin Hood.
Look You're not wrong.
Our CFO, he went a little rogue.
Trying to position us for our IPO.
Whoops.
But, we're in a place Look, did you guys come here to pitch us or just shit all over us? You know, 'cause I got a pretty full day.
- So, if you don't have - Suhil.
- What? - Please Oh, screw this, right? I mean, what are they gonna offer us that Guizer already hasn't? Guizer? You guys are talking to Alex Bell? So, I take it that this is more of a, um, a leverage meeting? - No, no.
- No, look.
I really like what you guys are doing.
It's friggin' rad.
Nothing is set in stone.
So, we're gonna (NICK) Well, that's good, Paige, that's really good.
Because I gotta tell ya, people's opinions are not gonna change of you just because you team with Guizer.
Especially not when they find out that you've been stealing from your own foundation.
I'm sorry you lost your mom.
I lost mine the same way.
But I didn't feel the need to set up a cancer foundation to supplement some income.
(WHISPERS) What are you doing? I have no idea what you're talking about.
No? Okay, maybe I got it wrong.
It's possible I misread.
Let me see.
No, no, there it is.
It's right there.
Where did you get this? Same place I found your emails detailing your affair with Suhil.
- Whoa, hold on a second.
- I have a question for you.
Does she know you were taking those pictures? Because I definitely don't think she knew you were sending them to your buddy Josh on the network team.
- You guys - Anyway, the point is there's a lot of fun stuff on there.
Um, which we can get into or not.
- This is blackmail.
- No, no, it isn't blackmail.
I'm just telling you this in the interest of full transparency.
And if in turn my truthfulness caused you to go with ArakNet instead of Guizer, well It's just a boon to everyone.
I just got an email that says they're gonna migrate - Let's see.
- their users to our network - within the week.
- Ohh snap.
I'm gonna, um I'm gonna put Rance's team in touch with Suhil.
(WES) If he's still working for 'em.
Yeah, if he's still alive (MARA LAUGHS) (WES) We should also, um, put together a little press release? Yeah, yeah, I'm, uh, I'm already on it.
You slayed it, brotha.
Hey, thank you.
It was mostly Izzy, but I'll take it.
- Take it.
- It wasn't mostly Izzy.
All right, you're right, I slayed 'em.
- Thank you, thank you.
- Mm-hmm.
I did it.
I gotta make a quick call.
Feeling good? Yeah, super.
Good.
You were really something.
(WOMAN ON PHONE) Hello? Hi.
Ohh What time is it there? Well, actually, I'm on the West Coast tonight, so It's even earlier.
(LOUD SIGH) I miss you.
(WES) When are you gonna be Stateside? (WOMAN) I don't know.
(WES) I'll come see you.
- I need you to get behind me.
- Yeah.
(WOMAN ON PHONE) How is my Mara? Oh she's amazing.
She's - Pull my hair.
- What? Pull my hair.
Yeah.
No, pull my hair harder.
Harder, yeah.
Like that.
- Yeah? - You can do it harder.
She's so beautiful.
She reminds me of you, when we first met.
Harder.
No, pull my hair harder.
Pull it harder, please.
Harder.
Hurt me! Yeah! - Like this? - Like that, yeah.
Yeah, don't stop Yeah, like that.
Yeah, like that.
Are you okay? I'm sorry.
- Sorry.
- No.
Are you okay? I love you.
Get some sleep.
I'll talk with you soon.
(SLOW JAZZ MUSIC) (GUNSHOT)