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I’m a VC – My First Foray Into Film Making

Last May, I got an idea stuck in my head that I should create a music video to promote the release of Venture Deals:  Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist, written by yours truly and my partner Brad Feld.  It was a germination of a conversation that I had with Emily Mendell (VP of Communication at the NVCA and great blogger at MothersofBrothers.com).  Emily is a great PR person and threw out an idea that the Foundry Group could actually pull off a music video, in the SNL Digital Short genre, to highlight the book and have a ton of fun in the process.Having very little logical sense and a severely limited good judgment filter, I immediately jumped on what I thought was a great idea and thus “I’m a VC” was born.

For those of you who know me, I can get a bit (a lot?) manic when I get excited about  something.  I stayed up most of the first night writing the song and story boarding the potential video.  I woke up the next day, exhausted, but pleased with my first efforts.  I had never written any music in this genre before (cheesy 80’s boy band) and certainly have never made anything with video, but I felt confident.

First I emailed by partner in business and music Ryan McIntyre, who immediately told me it was a dumb idea and that he generally hated parodies.  Awesome.  My project was starting off perfectly.

Undaunted, I brought the lyrics and story idea to our regular Monday partner lunch and after a beer, I found a receptive audience, including Mr. McIntyre.  I was given a green light to proceed and the rest is history.

We issued a fake press release along with the video that I find funny, especially the quotes from my partner Seth Levine about his insecurities as a venture capitalist.

So without further delay, I present to you “I’m a VC.”  Please share with everyone you know if you like it.  Also, don’t forget to buy our book!

And just in case, here are the lyrics thanks to Ryan.

September 6th, 2011     Categories: Foundry Group, Music    
  • http://donaldryan.net DonRyan

    Beer greases the may to many great ideas. Well done. 

  • http://www.activetheoryinc.com Alex Gourley

    That was great!

    But in all seriousness, don’t you think the pet market is due for disruption from social group buying? 

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps, but not at a $20 million pre money valuation!

      • http://www.activetheoryinc.com Alex Gourley

        But we have like 15 patents and the original HappyCat is on our board. 

  • http://freepository.com John Minnihan

    deliciously goofy.  +2971.6*

    *.6 goes to the wig

  • Michann Thompson

    Awesome slow groove. Great visuals, esp the Color Me Badd inspired wardrobe!

  • http://www.peaceofcode.com/ peaceofcode.com

    Great video!!! Very creative! The lyrics explain why you wont check out our demo :-) Like a hot date you did not actually say no :-)

    • Anonymous

      Huh? Maybe I missed something. Email me.

      Sent from my iPad

  • Jason Dunn

    great video! Nicely done. Clearly got the juice in Boulder! all the best

  • David Goldschmidt

    Jason, congrats from A2!  The video is spot on.

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