- Silicon Valley investors are known for their business savvy, but not necessarily their fashion sense.
- A new site, called VC Starter Kit, lampoons what’s seen as the tech investor uniform: You can buy a Patagonia sweater, Allbirds sneakers, and a handful of other stereotypically VC accessories like a Tesla keychain, all in a bundle.
- The website says all profits from starter kit purchases will be donated to AllRaise, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing more diversity into startup founders and investors.
- It’s not known who made the site, or even if it’s actually for real, so buyer beware.
The best venture capitalists are known for their ability to look at all the very many tech startups out there and pick out winners like Facebook or Uber.
They are not necessarily known for their unique fashion sense.
Enter VC Starter Pack, a gentle satire that lets you buy a bundle that includes two of the signature part of many investors’ daily outfit: A Patagonia fleece vest and a pair of Allbirds sneakers.
“It’s never been easier to look like a VC,” the site reads.
It’s not clear who made VC Starter Pack, and there’s no contact information to be found. But the site says that all proceeds go to AllRaise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering diversity in Silicon Valley. The site has a disclaimer at the bottom that it’s not actually affiliated with AllRaise, which the organization confirmed to Business Insider.
The site plays on starter pack memes, offering everything you’d need to fit the stereotype of a Silicon Valley investor, in both men’s and women’s sizes — as well as a handful of accessories to complete the picture.
The partner kit, priced at $500, the vest, the sneakers, “Zero to One” by investor Peter Thiel, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, subscriptions to “important VC newsletters” like Wine Spectator and tech news site The Information, and access to the popular paid e-mail app Superhuman.
The next level, called “Fund II,” adds $200 to the price, includes a pair of fancier Atoms sneakers, a “personalized audit of your Twitter thought leadership,” and a Tesla keychain to show off your “current or future” Tesla.
There’s a ring of truth to the whole joke: Just look at photos from events like the Sun Valley Conference, the “summer camp for billionaires.” Photos of attendees at the conference show a wild amount of Patagonia vests, not least because the event gave them out to attendees as door prizes, showing how popular they are.
Pricey sneakers have also become sort of a status symbol for wealthy tech executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. Techies, too, have come to love sneakers from startups: Allbirds is valued at $1.4 billion according to PitchBook, and Atoms has had a dedicated fan base ever since it emerged from stealth last year.
However, it’s not immediately clear whether the site is actually selling any of the items it lists: The most premium package, the “vision fund,” gives its price as “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” That package allegedly includes non-FDA-approved blood transfusions from young people (another Silicon Valley in-joke), and a mansion in Atherton, a Silicon Valley suburb that also happens to be the most expensive zip code in the United States.
However, the checkout process looks legitimate, using Stripe to take payments.
In the FAQ section, it answers the question about whether or not this is real thus: “We believe in risk taking. So should you.”
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