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Erlich Bachman
Portrayed by: T.J. Miller
First appearance: "Minimum Viable Product"
Last appearance: "Server Error"
Date of birth: April 6, 1981
Home town: Unknown
Occupation: Board member on Pied Piper, formerly part of Bachmanity and Aviato


Until then, we need to do what any animal in nature does when it's cornered—act erratically and blindly lash out at everything around us.
— Erlich Bachman, "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency"

Erlich Bachman, portrayed by T.J. Miller, is an arrogant entrepreneur who founded an innovation incubator in his home after the purchase of his airfare collator Aviato. Erlich still holds on to his glory days in the valley, wearing Aviato T-shirts and driving a Ford Escape adorned with Aviato logos. Under the incubator agreement, Erlich owns 10% of Pied Piper, and is later appointed to the company's board of directors after Richard Hendricks realizes how important Erlich is to the business. Erlich is a frequent user of marijuana. It is revealed in the season 2 finale that Erlich no longer codes because of severe carpal tunnel syndrome. Despite being relatively unsuccessful in his own entrepreneurial ventures, he is a charismatic public speaker and negotiator, and is often seen as the "face" of Pied Piper. In season 3 he begins to have a less active role in Pied Piper. He begins to start his own VC firm with Nelson Bighetti but then declares bankruptcy. After selling his Pied Piper shares to cover his debts, he gets rehired into the company as a PR representative. When Richard starts his new company using the Pied Piper trademark, Erlich then owns 10% of the new company while keeping his PR job at the old company which is eventually deleted. Erlich then decides to focus on Jian-Yang's product which also fails. After another failed deal with Keenan Feldspar and quitting his job at Bream-Hall, Erlich then decides that he and Richard will never be successful and moves away to Tibet to join Gavin Belson at a monastery at the end of season 4. After Gavin was informed that Jack Barker was being held hostage, he immediately proceeds to take Erlich with him to leave Tibet. However, Erlich then becomes incubated upon consuming opium at an Inn, and Gavin pays the innkeeper enough money to take care of Erlich for five years. Erlich is never heard from again afterward, although Richard reveals in "Exit Event" that he tried to look for Erlich in Tibet.


  • According to his Pied Piper biography, he is well known for his work cross-breeding "Cannabis Sativa" and "Psylocybe Cubensis". He also went to Berkeley, Reed, Oberlin, and Hampshire College (for which he got a B.A. in Ultimate Frisbee) ("[[1]]").
  • Bachman also owns part of Grindr.


"The Uptick"

"I mean I swear to god your dicks would have blown out of the backs of your assholes if you had been there, hand to god."

"Minimum Viable Product"

"Ask me what 9 times F is. It's fleventy-five. "
―Erlich Bachman
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