CC#15: 'NYU Girls Roast Tech Guys' goes viral
Scroll down to see all of the VCs, startup founders and celebrities that have participated and tweeted about the show.
About a month ago, NYU Girls Roasting Tech Guys took clubhouse by storm. What started as a joke between a couple of girls from NYU became a very popular show on clubhouse—even amongst celebrities and partners at top VC firms.
Last night, 8 of the moderators were featured on the GOOD TIME Show (with Sriram & Aarthi), along with a power-house panel that included Paul Davison, co-founder of Clubhouse, Kat Cole, ex-President of FOCUS Brands (Cinnabon, Jamba Juice, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s and more), Josh Constine, former writer at TechCrunch and current VC at SignalFire, and Stephanie Simon, the head of community at Clubhouse.
To start the interview off, Aarthi asked about how it got started.
Devin started off: “It’s important to note that this all started just a few weeks ago as a joke. I’ve been on clubhouse since April but my friends just got on in January. We would just hang out and create these rooms with crazy names. They were usually really small and we would have fun talking about random things. One night, we saw these people from TikTok hosting a “shoot your shot” room and we thought we’d try it out. I think our first time doing it was the night that Elon Musk was being interviewed. The servers were crashing, and there was a couple thousand people stuck in this room listening to us. We decided to try it again the next night and we hit 4.7k listeners. That’s when we realized we might actually be on to something here.”
The rules are simple: if you raise your hand, you have to “shoot your shot” at someone else, either in the audience or on the stage. To put this simply for your average “tech person”, you are essentially pitching yourself to a girl/guy that you find attractive. However, you are NOT allowed to pitch your business, or you will be promptly moved back to the audience. Once your pitch for love is complete, the person you pitched to is brought on stage so they can give a response. If things go well, the person typically says “My DMs are open!” however, it is not uncommon for many people to be rejected in front of thousands of listeners.
Devin added “People go on and hit on other people and we act as the Simon Cowell of clubhouse by deciding if it’s a good match or not. We’ve done 5 episodes in the past few weeks and we’ve had a lot of interesting people drop in.”
On numerous occasions, they have been joined on stage by Justin Kan, co-founder of Twitch and currently the GP at Goat Capital. Another show attendee has been Mike Duboe, a GP at Greylock Partners, a highly successful VC firm founded by Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of Linkedin. Just a week ago, they were joined on stage by Perez Hilton and Flosstradamus, who played an unreleased track he had originally made for Ultra Music Festival that was cancelled due to COVID.
Delian Zebulgar, a Principal at Founder’s Fund, showed his appreciation for the show in this tweet below:
Even Tiffany Zhong, “The Gen-Z Whisperer”, an ex-VC at a $300m fund and founder of Zebra joined on stage.
The girls had Paul Davison, co-founder of Clubhouse, on stage a few days ago and were telling him that they were looking for interns—to which Matt Mazzeo, GP at Coatue Management, replied “I’M RIGHT HERE!”
Many of these now successful investors and startup founders are being forced to face their deepest teenage fears head-on when being called up to the stage.
In addition, less than 2-weeks after starting the show, the NYU girls received a sponsorship from Slice, a pizza delivery app. Although the exact terms have not been disclosed, the partnership offered a free pizza to anyone who got rejected on the show on Valentines Day.
The day after Valentines Day, one of the moderators for NYU Girls was interviewed briefly in a tech-related room.
When asked about any long-term plans for the show, she replied: “We take it day by day. We’ve been doing this less than a week and it just kind of took off. We don’t have any big future plans as of yet, but we are working on solidifying a weekly schedule so we can start doing these more frequently.”
The interviewer asked “If someone offered you $200,000 today to buy your show, do you sell?
”We didn’t start this with any intent of getting sponsorships or making money. But I don’t know, we have a pretty tight group—I think we could actually turn down that offer.”
The show has really generated a significant amount of buzz in a very short period of time. Some are even seeing this as proof that there is a huge opportunity for live, interactive reality shows - something that has never successfully been done before.
While many content creators on clubhouse have been working hard to build a consistent fan base, the NYU girls have made it look easy, by instead focusing on creating a genuine, fun experience for their audience. They now have a line of people waiting to get in on the fun. The show is happening every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm EST.