The 500 Startups accelerator program is poised to launch with a new round of early-stage companies hoping for some VC TLC, which is all well and good until you see the YouTube video they shot to announce the beginning of the new program.
It’s a Hunger Games parody, called “The Funding Games.” There are brightly colored wigs, nerf gun battles and dudes cross-dressing in anime outfits. Do we really need to say any more?
Despite the inherent goofiness (and gimmicky-ness) of the video, it’s actually a pretty apt portrayal of the current cutthroat environs of the tech community. Just please don’t let this become a thing. We almost prefer dorky startup raps to this. Almost.