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What Does the VC Sing? Harlem-Shaking, Twerking First Round Capital’s 2013 Holiday Video Is a Wrecking Ball.

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Though I never knew it, Howard Morgan in a muscle costume stranded hanging on a wrecking ball is the Christmas present I have always wanted.

Here’s the annual holiday video extravaganza from First Round Capital, which is a December right of passage in Silicon Valley.

Featuring its many startups and mashing up the year’s most popular songs — in this case, Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” “What Does the Fox Say” from Ylvis, “Harlem Shake,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” and some errant twerking — this is perhaps the clever venture firm’s best ever.

Also, there is a camel and unicorns (an inside joke on a certain kind of hot startup).

Last year, it was Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and the year before, it was Rebecca Black’s “Friday” as the muse.

Enjoy 2013 (really):


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work