Todd Masonis sold his Silicon Valley startup to Comcast in 2008 for a reported $150 million and then took some time to travel, letting his sweet tooth lead him across Europe. After visiting a small, family-run chocolate factory in rural France, he was inspired to follow his sugary bliss, tinkering with chocolate-making in a friend’s garage and eventually opening Dandelion Chocolate, an artisanal confectionery and factory in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. Martin Starr has never been a Bay Area techie, but he plays one on TV. After following his own bliss as a child actor—his big break as a teenager was on the beloved short-lived series Freaks and Geeks—Martin now stars in the HBO hit Silicon Valley, a fictionalized version of Todd’s former world. In The Thread below, the two meet for the first time and find common ground in their very different professions.

“I hope you don't mind that I melted all four bars together and dipped marshmallows in the warm chocolate bath.” —Martin Starr