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How one software program engineer is popping Silicon Valley Financial institution’s collapse story right into a musical


Mauricio Costa, a software program engineer and music composer dwelling in Atlanta, is making a musical comedy out of the Silicon Valley Financial institution collapse, known as “The Valley.”

Maybe the injuries are nonetheless recent, however Costa informed TechCrunch whereas studying articles concerning the financial institution’s demise and making an attempt to know what was occurring, “I might see your entire hero’s journey and the hero’s lifecycle on this story, so I assumed perhaps there’s one thing right here and perhaps we will inform the story in a approach that no one has ever seen earlier than.”

Mauricio Costa, Silicon Valley Bank musical

Mauricio Costa is writing a musical about Silicon Valley Financial institution. Picture Credit: Mauricio Costa

Tapping into well-known playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda as his inspiration, Costa is giving “The Valley” a gospel and hip-hop really feel and described the story as the place enterprise capitalists play the position of “preachers,” startups play the position of “naïve church-goers,” and the Valley Financial institution CEO “Greg” (clearly a tackle former Silicon Valley Financial institution CEO Greg Becker) has a giant position.

The musical continues to be in its infancy with the primary draft taking Costa about 4 months to finish. He has written six songs to date, with titles together with “The Valley is Nice,” “Blessing in Disguise” and “We’re Gonna Die.” It begins with the “startup” character singing about how nice “the valley is,” with lyrics like “the valley is nice,” and raise up “Greg” and the financial institution as “We reward thee o Greg in all its awe and beauty.”

Aside from studying information articles, Costa stated he hasn’t but approached the events concerned — VCs, startups or the financial institution itself, however does plan to attempt to get his draft in entrance of Beck and a few enterprise capitalists. He did work with some mates within the fintech business who helped with fact-checking.

“I don’t know if Greg or VCs will discover it comedic or if they’ll discover it insulting, however it was by no means my intention to in the event that they discover it insulting,” Costa stated.

To present the musical’s story a extra private contact, he took to Twitter, saying “loads of very respected individuals got here to me on the SVB state of affairs, and you’ll see that within the lyrics.”

“I cite a number of the tweets verbatim, sharing a few of their opinions,” Costa added. “For instance, I embrace lyrics from one particular person’s tweet who’s sarcastically saying ‘thanks’ to all of the enterprise capitalists for destroying or collapsing a really reliable and dependable financial institution.”

Although Costa mentions a “hero’s journey” in all of this, he stated that basically isn’t a central hero, and that the viewers will depart the musical with differing opinions on who’s “evil” and who’s the “hero.”

In the meantime, he’s presently seeking to collaborate with some skilled musicians to work on the stage adaptation half. Costa can also be speaking with potential theaters, together with at his alma mater at College of Central Florida.

“It’s my first time writing for gospel and hip-hop, however I find it irresistible,” Costa stated. “It’s lovely. I feel it has the potential to draw different people who find themselves to find out about this story.”

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