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).
"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)