Who said that venture capitalists are a bunch of buttoned-up drones who are as boring as they are soulless? We didn’t say that. You said that.
Sure, some VC’s are bone dry but would it surprise you that roughly a third of Silicon Valley’s elite investors were at one point part of the Des Moines-based 90’s satan-worshipping nu-metal band Slipknot?
Here’s the full list of former Slipknot members who after breaking ground in heavy metal music went on to make just as many waves in technology.
Michael Moritz, Lead Vocals
Michael went from hitting that serious C note in the chart-topper “Duality” to hitting every major Series C of Silicon Valley’s unicorn club. Though he hung up his human flesh facial mask years ago, he’s been known to occasionally prank startup founders by wearing it to their first meeting.
Marc Andreessen, Percussion
Though the tech world came to know Marc after he founded Netscape, his career in the public eye really began as a member of the ‘Knot, where he would bang a trio of large steel drums into oblivion, mimicking the rhythm of Lucifer’s heartbeat. While he no longer plays drums, he has managed to stay close with his former roadie, Ben Horowitz, who’s traded carrying Marc’s heavy steel drums up to the stage to lifting Marc’s world-domineering ambitions to new heights.
John Doerr, Bass
Though Doerr has amassed a personal fortune easily in excess of $7.5 billion, he still savors what Slipknot accomplished as a band, constantly forwarding his former bandmates old Rolling Stone articles with the subject line “The glory days…” He’s also a notorious late-night texter, constantly asking the rest of the band if they’re free to jam or perhaps sacrifice an albino rooster to Beelzebub.
Peter Thiel, Pyrotechnics
As the only Slipknot member who did not wear a mask, Peter was brazen during his role in the band. Unfortunately, he was forcibly removed from the band after his flame-spewing effigy of Pope John Paul XIII engulfed three teenage fans in a torrential blaze. Though he’s put away the flamethrowers, he still employs many of the same hellfire tactics helping Paypal, Palantir, and Facebook become household names.