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My “First” Rock and Roll Video (a.k.a “Come to VentureScape 2013!)

For those of you who know me, I have always loved being a musician.  For a while, I thought that I would make my living as a drummer, but the world conspired against me.  That being said, I couldn’t be grateful enough that I ended up as a venture capitalist.

Last year, I spearheaded the Foundry Group “I’m a VC” Video.  It was as ton of fun and I’m certainly proud of it, but musically it’s a parody song and I don’t have the same emotional attachment that I do with the real music that I create, especially those songs that I co-write with my business partner Ryan McIntyre for our band Legitimate Front.

Completely separately, I’m on the Executive board of the National Venture Capital Association, where I’m the Chairperson of the 2013 annual meeting, now called VentureScape 2013.  (Plug:  Sign up for the event!).  When I was drafted to come up with a different format than past years I knew that I wanted “fun” to be part of the event.

We decided to throw a huge party the night before the main event and thanks to Silicon Valley Bank, we are going to have a great event that revolves around….. wait for it….  MUSIC!  For the first time ever VCs are going to get together with their favorite folks and listen to world class music headlined by Pat Monahan of Train fame!

As part of the new format of the event (it’s not just the party, either, check out the agenda!), Emily Mendell, V.P. of Communications at NVCA created some great videos to promote the event.  Today’s video:  VC Rockstar Dreams and it features the music of Legitimate Front!  I love that Ray Rothrock and Marc Cadieux, both of whom will be performing as well, were in the video as well.

This is probably the closest that I’ll ever come to making a real video of my music, but it was a wonderful experience.  Check it out for yourself below.  And oh, yeah…. Come to the event, May 14th at the Great American Music Hall!

Notes:  Yes, that is really me lying on the street outside in San Francisco.  And yes, I was told that a person once died in the exact spot that I “performed” in.  All for the love of art.  Special thanks to Long Haul Films for a GREAT job.


February 26th, 2013     Categories: Hobbies, Just For Fun, Music, NVCA, Venture Capital    

Snow Storms in July

Sounds like the next album from an up and coming indie band, but no, it’s called Colorado, it’s called today and it happened while making the ascent to Mount Belford.

I’m on vacation in southern Colorado hiking with my good friend Eric Jensen.  Yes, you can tease me for being on my computer, or you can go rob my house, either one is acceptable (please don’t take the cat or let her out). 

That being said, nothing quite makes my day like waking up at 3am, hitting the trail at 4:30am and then having near white-out conditions at 7:30am while you are at 14,000 feet. 

In a future post, I’ll share some pictures of "beautiful" Mount Bedford and of Mount Yale, which we bagged yesterday under great conditions. 

For those of you familiar with Mt. Belford, you’ll want to know if Mount Oxford was part of the day.  Uh, no.  Just happy to get safely back to the car.  Not today. 

July 7th, 2008     Categories: Hobbies