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First Round 2014 Holiday Parody Video - All About Burn Rate

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Published on Dec 18, 2014

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Another year has passed - it’s time for our holiday tradition
To mashup a startup theme with video memes for our own rendition.

We are all so excited to have this opportunity
To showcase the talents of the First Round Community.

Last year saw unicorns and wrecking balls...
We think it turned out great!

This year we channeled Gurley and Trainor,
Because it’s all about burn rate.

It’s good advice - it can’t hurt to be scrappy,
We hope your holidays are joyful - and your new year is happy!

Complete lyrics to our 2014 Holiday Parody Video:

Party rounds don’t work out
Just a press release
When will I learn
I need a lead
Need a lead VC

Because you know
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate, slow spending
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate, slow spending
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate, slow spending
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate

Yeah, it’s pretty clear
It’s a new point of view
That we can’t spend it, spend it
Like we all used to do
Cause I got that buzz buzz that Sand Hill will chase
And hockey stick curves in all the right places

I see the industry fearing a bubble pop
We don’t build for hype
We know it’s gotta stop
If you make users happy and think long term
Then your company will travel
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my VC they told me “don’t worry about your size”
They say, “just concentrate on making your numbers rise”
You know this won’t be no typical Silicon Valley song
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate, slow spending
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate, slow spending
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate, slow spending
It’s all about burn rate
Bout burn rate

But first, let me take a selfie

Yes it’s true, I need to drive my user demand
I don’t want to hit you with Facebook spam
Just a great social media plan
If we work hard we will build a brand

I hope my LTV
Is more than CAC
It’s just math, it’s clear to me
And some virality

We know we’re crazy, but we’re here to stay
Disruption’s here, you can’t take a break
From zero to one, we will win the race
Yes we dare to see the world in a brand new way

Because we’re scrappy
Clap along on the path to product market fit

Hey, hey, hey
Just think, while you’ve been getting down and out
At your day job at a Fortune 500 company
You could be a founder and march to
Your. Own. Beat

I just started a brand new trend
You might think it’s odd but one day you will wake
And to the blogger over there who says I don’t have a prayer
I know one day you will get it, I’m no fake, fake, fake

Yeah, ohhh

Cause this founder’s here to say, say, say, say, say
That disruption’s here to stay, stay, stay, stay, stay
Big players gonna quake, quake, quake, quake, quake
We’re taking off, taking off
A makers gotta make, make, make, make, make
And big markets I will take, take, take, take, take
Sleeping giants we will wake, wake, wake, wake, wake
We’re taking off, taking off

We’re taking off, taking off
Ah, ah, we’re taking off, taking off
Ah, ah, we’re taking off, taking off
Ah, ah, we’re taking off, taking off

We’re taking off, taking off
Ah, ah, we’re taking off, taking off (you got to)
Ah, ah, we’re taking off, taking off
Ah, ah, we’re taking off, taking off

Happy holiday, happy holiday
Happy holiday, happy holiday
Happy holiday, happy holiday

Happy holiday, happy holiday
Happy holiday, happy holiday
Happy holiday, happy holiday

I’m gonna hire a full stack engineer
A full stack engineer, a full stack engineer

  • Category

  • Song

    • Shake It Off (Karaoke Version)
  • Artist

    • Taylor Swift
  • Writers

    • Max Martin, Taylor Swift, Shellback
  • Licensed by

    • UMG (on behalf of Big Machine); ASCAP, Kobalt Music Publishing, CMRRA, UBEM, SOLAR Music Rights Management, Sony ATV Publishing, and 12 Music Rights Societies
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