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Watch First Round Capital’s ‘unpresidented’ 2016 holiday video

Featuring Philly portfolio companies Curalate, Monetate and Zoomer.

Guess who's back. (GIF via

A very coy Josh Kopelman teased us last week about First Round Capital’s 2016 Holiday Video.

And now it’s finally live, featuring the return of cofounder Howard Morgan, who left the firm back in September to go into angel investing. As expected, he got his own special segment at the end titled “Howard: A Venture Icon” (in the style of the Broadway play “Hamilton.”
“I might be retiring but this is not goodbye. Why so sad?,” Morgan sang, with backing from a tuxedo-wearing Kopelman at the piano.
The main theme was James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke video series. Some of the usual suspects drove around while singing 2016’s greatest hits with new, venture-themed lyrics: staffers from Philly First Round startups Curalate, Monetate and Zoomer stunted in the seven-minute video, as well as members from the student-led Dorm Room Fund. Cool to also see Tesorio in there, the StartUp PHL angel fund portfolio company that left town for Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator accelerator and stayed out west. Might this be their coming out party as a First Round company?
Happy holidays, everyone:

Companies: Curalate / First Round Capital / Monetate

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