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Last week, I had the special privilege of participating in the first ever Silicon Valley Voice, an American Idol-style singing competition featuring tech boy band Coverflow (comprised of Ethan Beard, Tim Chang, Rajil Kapoor, Philip Kaplan, Prashan Fuloria and Kristian Segerstrale) and held at the world-famous Fillmore, where rock legends like the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd have once performed.

Silicon Valley Voice Finalists | Froomzblog

Presented by Silicon Valley Bank, proceeds from the event benefited several childrens’ charities including Bay Kids Bay Area, Make A Wish, and Little Kids Rock. The invitation only event was exclusive to members of the tech community, with a guest list that read like a Who’s Who of Silicon Valley, including judges Dave McClure,David Hornick, Steven Jang and Alison Murdock.

Of the 55+ contestants that applied to participate, seven finalists were selected including:

  • Andrew Chung – Partner, Khosla Ventures
  • Andy Barton – Tech Recruiter
  • Sara Oliver – Executive Assistant, Electronic Arts
  • Madhu Punjabi – Strategic Partner Development, Google
  • Ian Brown – VP Marketing, PagerDuty
  • Allen Mask – Product Specialist, Google
FroomzVP on SVV | Froomzblog

Christina Dunham with Tim Chang (bass) and Prashant Fuloria (guitar) on stage at the Fillmore

Now, performing on stage isn’t something new to me — in my spare time, I moonlight as lead singer for 80s Pop-Rock cover band, Honey Circuit. Participating in a singing competition, on the other hand, was something I’d only done one other time in my life, over twenty years ago.

In deciding on what song to sing, I opted to rock out and entertain, belting out a rendition of You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC. This was, after all, meant to be a fun, light-hearted event.

The Froomz team was out in full force, including Yan Heim (with husband Patrick), Courtney McQuade and Brad Lev, along with about a dozen friends, all of whom waved yellow pom-poms to cheer me on.

By the end of the evening, the organizers had raised over $23,537, with the grand prize winner, Sara Oliver, receiving a check for $3,000 for her favorite charity, Better Lives, which provides medical care in Sierra Leone.

Congratulations to Heidi Bianchi, Event Producer at SVB, for a job well done! For more information about Silicon Valley Voice, visit their website at SVB Voice. 

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  • Silicon Valley Voice Charity Event At The Fillmore (siliconvalleywatcher.com)