The Tech Exec Cover Bands Of Silicon Valley


The dual lives of the Bay Area’s elite.

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When Silicon Valley’s biggest tech executives and investors aren’t #disrupting, they like to have themselves a little fun. Some people like to read a book or play some pickup basketball to burn off steam. Members of the Bay Area’s elite have latched onto their own peculiar hobby: forming dad rock cover bands.

A rather surprising number of investors, engineers, and top-level executives from startups and companies like Facebook (Hi, Randi Zuckerberg!), Google, and Pandora belong to a cover band (or two). They play private gigs and charity events around the Bay, like Silicon Valley Rocks, which raises money for a non-profit promoting music education in schools.

Below, we round up some of the most most, uh, interesting ones.

1. The iTunes-Loving ’70s Rock Maestros: Cover Flow

The iTunes-Loving '70s Rock Maestros: Cover Flow

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Pitch: “By day we work in Silicon Valley. By night we rock.”

What they cover: “80s, 90s, and rock-infused current pop”

Members:Raj Kapoor, vocalsDay job: CEO and co-founder of FitMob, VC, o-founder and ex-CEO of Snapfish

Philip Kaplan, drumsDay job: Co-founder of Blippy, creator of Fucked Company

Tim Chang, bassDay job: Managing Director at Mayfield Fund

Ethan Beard, guitarDay job: Entrepreneur in Residence at Greylock Partners, former Director of the Facebook Developer Network

Prashant Fuloria, guitarDay job: Chief Product Officer at Flurry

Kristian Segerstrale, keyboardsDay job: Entrepreneur/Investor at Initial Capital, co-founder of Playfish

Pangua Her, vocalsDay job: UI/UX Talent Manager for UX Talent, former recruiter at Yelp

Here’s Cover Flow playing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at Vator Splash, a startup competition, in 2010:

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aiW1jAUxTaQ. youtube.com

Look at them ROCK.

2. Cover Flow’s EDM-loving little sister: Rainbow Party

Cover Flow's EDM-loving little sister: Rainbow Party

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Pitch: “Rainbow Party is an experimental fusion of live EDM, rock, and pop designed to get you dancing.”

What they cover: Everything from electro and dubstep to trap – David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and top 40 favorites.

Members:Christina DunhamDay job: SEO/Content Strategy and Marketing Automation Consultant at Fitmob, former VP of Marketing & Business Development at Froomz

Jack DunhamDay job: Senior engineer at Fitmob. Former developer at BranchOut, Postini/Google

Plus Cover Flow’s Kristian Segerstale, Pangfua Her, Philip Kaplan, and Tim Chang

Here’s a bunch of CEOs and senior execs performing Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” and Em and RiRi’s “The Monster”:

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=tZdR-957nUo. youtube.com

3. The Groovy Geeks: The Funkery

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Pitch: “Where Funk is Made! Bay Area Players come together with a diverse, funky groove”

What they cover: funk, jam band, blues— Funky Meters, Donny Hathaway, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Eric Lindell, Galactic, The Crusaders, Jimmy Herring, Dynamic

Members:Steve Ginsberg, bass and vocalsDay job: Chief Information Officer of Pandora

Darian Gray, drumsDay job: Pandora Music Analyst

Dave Pierce, keys and vocalsDay job:VP Engineering at Stand Sure Systems

Greg Studley, guitar and vocalsDay job: Musician and music instructor

Glenn McNulty, saxophone

John Nava , congas, percussion, and vocals

An actually pretty impressive cover of Donny Hathaway’s “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)”:

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=v-1Bgs1g_IE. youtube.com

4. The Emo Facebook Techies: South Hero

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Pitch: “We got a fever and the only prescription is more rock.”

What they cover: Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, Soundgarden

Members:Eric Zamore, vocals and guitarDay job: Software Engineer at Facebook

Pete Hunt, guitar and vocalsDay job: “Web hacker” at Facebook, engineering manager at Instagram

Jeff Wieland, bass and vocalsDay job: Project Manager at Facebook

Eric Giovanola, drums and vocalsDay job: Software Engineer at Facebook

Here they are covering Weezer’s “My Name Is Jonas”:

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=XeNdyqXy7Eo. youtube.com

5. The Ever-Rotating Nerd Haven: Open Source Band

The Ever-Rotating Nerd Haven: Open Source Band

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Pitch: “Open Source Band performs every year at Silicon Valley Rocks and always welcomes new performers.”

What they cover: rock, pop; Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bauhuas, Muse, The Police, Foo Fighters

Members:Alison Murdock, vocalsDay job: VP of business development at GigaOM, founder of Silicon Valley Rocks

Larry Marcus, drumsDay job: Sprout stage VC at Walden Venture Capital, early investor/director at digital media companies including Pandora and SoundHound

Moniz Franco, vocalsDay job: Co-owner of a consulting firm

Matt Jervis, vocalsDay job: Founder and Innovation Consultant at Make It Creativity, adjunct professor at Academy of Art University

Greta Boesel, vocalsDay job: Content Manager at Grayling PR, former document archivist at UCSF

Michael Shaw, guitarDay job: Estimator for Paris Printing

Greg Studley, guitarDay job: Music teacher

Andrew Stess, bassDay job: Director at LyricFind

Open Source takes on Lorde’s “Royals” at Silicon Valley Rocks 2013:

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fSNsjahe5UI. youtube.com

6. The Facebook Mafia: Feedbomb

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Pitch: “Cover band playing ’70s to Gaga consisting of current and former Facebook employees available for private parties.”

What they cover: Bon Jovi, Green Day, Guns ‘N Roses, Jet, Journey, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, WeezerEvanescence, Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Madonna, No Doubt

Members:Randi Zuckerberg, vocalsDay job: Founder/CEO of Zuckerberg Media, former Director of Market Development and Spokeswoman for Facebook

Andy Barton, vocalsDay job: Independent tech recruiting consultant, former recruiter for Quora, Facebook, and Google

Pete Hunt, guitarDay job: “Web hacker” at Facebook, engineering manager at Instagram. Also member of South Hero.

Robert Johnson, keyboardDay job: Chief Technology Officer at Interana, former Director of Engineering at Facebook

David Ebersman, bassDay job: Chief Financial Officer at Facebook

Sean Chaffin (drums, vocals)Day job: Intellectual Property Principal at Facebook

Maybe the pièce de résistance when it comes to SV cover bands, here’s Feedbomb’s take on Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit in 2012: “Fund Me Maybe”:

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=5FTJmf-HnuI. youtube.com

And because it’s JUST that horrible/good/real, here are the lyrics:

I just dropped out of Cornelltold all my teachers, “Oh well”Took Peter Thiel’s startup dealand now I’m on my wayAirbnb for a couchI’m not a programming slouchThis Uber’s driver a grouchbut still I’m on my way

Tumblr blog for postin’Amazon for hostin’Philz Coffee roastin’Where you think you’re going, angel?

Hey, I just launched thisThis is crazySo, here’s my websiteSo fund me maybe?

Hey I just launched thisMy idea’s crazyBut heres’s my websiteSo fund me maybe?

Paul Graham just looked at my deckSaid all my slides were a wreckAnd then he said, “What the heck?”And now I’m in YC

An Android dev from the GA product guy from FB Some dude just cold emailed meHis name was Ron Conway

5-star app ratingTechCrunch comment hatingD Conference present-atingNow it’s time for liquidating!

Hey I just launched thisMy idea’s crazyBut heres’s my websiteSo fund me maybe?

Hey I just launched thisMy idea’s crazyBut heres’s my startupSo fund me maybe?

Before you came in the roundI missed you so badI missed you so badI missed you so so bad

Before you came in the roundI missed you so badI missed you so badI missed you so so bad

Hey I just launched thisMy idea’s crazyBut heres’s my startupSo fund me maybe?

Oh, Silicon Valley. You do you, boo.

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