The Tech Exec Cover Bands Of Silicon Valley

    The dual lives of the Bay Area's elite.

    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

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

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


    Raj Kapoor, vocals

    Day job: CEO and co-founder of FitMob, VC, o-founder and ex-CEO of Snapfish

    Philip Kaplan, drums

    Day job: Co-founder of Blippy, creator of Fucked Company

    Tim Chang, bass

    Day job: Managing Director at Mayfield Fund

    Ethan Beard, guitar

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

    Prashant Fuloria, guitar

    Day job: Chief Product Officer at Flurry

    Kristian Segerstrale, keyboards

    Day job: Entrepreneur/Investor at Initial Capital, co-founder of Playfish

    Pangua Her, vocals

    Day 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:

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    Look at them ROCK.

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

    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.


    Christina Dunham

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

    Jack Dunham

    Day 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":

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    3. The Groovy Geeks: The Funkery

    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


    Steve Ginsberg, bass and vocals

    Day job: Chief Information Officer of Pandora

    Darian Gray, drums

    Day job: Pandora Music Analyst

    Dave Pierce, keys and vocals

    Day job:VP Engineering at Stand Sure Systems

    Greg Studley, guitar and vocals

    Day 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)":

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    4. The Emo Facebook Techies: South Hero

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

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


    Eric Zamore, vocals and guitar

    Day job: Software Engineer at Facebook

    Pete Hunt, guitar and vocals

    Day job: "Web hacker" at Facebook, engineering manager at Instagram

    Jeff Wieland, bass and vocals

    Day job: Project Manager at Facebook

    Eric Giovanola, drums and vocals

    Day job: Software Engineer at Facebook

    Here they are covering Weezer's "My Name Is Jonas":

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

    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


    Alison Murdock, vocals

    Day job: VP of business development at GigaOM, founder of Silicon Valley Rocks

    Larry Marcus, drums

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

    Moniz Franco, vocals

    Day job: Co-owner of a consulting firm

    Matt Jervis, vocals

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

    Greta Boesel, vocals

    Day job: Content Manager at Grayling PR, former document archivist at UCSF

    Michael Shaw, guitar

    Day job: Estimator for Paris Printing

    Greg Studley, guitar

    Day job: Music teacher

    Andrew Stess, bass

    Day job: Director at LyricFind

    Open Source takes on Lorde's "Royals" at Silicon Valley Rocks 2013:

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    6. The Facebook Mafia: Feedbomb

    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, Weezer

    Evanescence, Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Madonna, No Doubt


    Randi Zuckerberg, vocals

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

    Andy Barton, vocals

    Day job: Independent tech recruiting consultant, former recruiter for Quora, Facebook, and Google

    Pete Hunt, guitar

    Day job: "Web hacker" at Facebook, engineering manager at Instagram. Also member of South Hero.

    Robert Johnson, keyboard

    Day job: Chief Technology Officer at Interana, former Director of Engineering at Facebook

    David Ebersman, bass

    Day 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":

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

    I just dropped out of Cornell

    told all my teachers, "Oh well"

    Took Peter Thiel's startup deal

    and now I'm on my way

    Airbnb for a couch

    I'm not a programming slouch

    This Uber's driver a grouch

    but 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 this

    This is crazy

    So, here's my website

    So fund me maybe?

    Hey I just launched this

    My idea's crazy

    But heres's my website

    So fund me maybe?

    Paul Graham just looked at my deck

    Said all my slides were a wreck

    And then he said, "What the heck?"

    And now I'm in YC

    An Android dev from the G

    A product guy from FB

    Some dude just cold emailed me

    His name was Ron Conway

    5-star app rating

    TechCrunch comment hating

    D Conference present-ating

    Now it's time for liquidating!

    Hey I just launched this

    My idea's crazy

    But heres's my website

    So fund me maybe?

    Hey I just launched this

    My idea's crazy

    But heres's my startup

    So fund me maybe?

    Before you came in the round

    I missed you so bad

    I missed you so bad

    I missed you so so bad

    Before you came in the round

    I missed you so bad

    I missed you so bad

    I missed you so so bad

    Hey I just launched this

    My idea's crazy

    But heres's my startup

    So fund me maybe?

    Oh, Silicon Valley. You do you, boo.