After weeks of Twitter trash talking, some of Chi-town’s multi-talented startups got their chance to show off their Rock Band skillz at the first-ever Battle of the Startups. GrubHub.com and Techkaraoke-Chicago hosted the Rock Band tournament Tuesday night at Sully’s House Tap Room and Grill. The competing bands included peeps from Groupon, WeSeed, Lakeshore Branding, and yours truly, GrubHub.com.
The tournament almost didn’t take place, considering our Xbox decided to break on us just hours before the competition. I guess all those round-the- clock Rock Band practices did a number on our system. The final rankings for Battle of the Startups Rock Band: #1 – GrubHub.com – #2 Groupon – #3 – WeSeed – #4 Lakeshore Branding.
The bands all put in a valiant effort last night, but I have to admit, some looked better than they sounded. Lakeshore Branding sported many a fancy looking coiffure, which covered the span of every decade dating back to the 60s — view photos below. Lakeshore Branding won for “Best Dressed Rock Band.”
We want to give a special thanks to all the startups that participated and to those that just came out to watch all the mayhem. Chicago is an amazing city where smart, young companies continue to grow and flourish. GrubHub.com wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and encouragement from all the awesome startups that blazed the trail before us. While we always enjoy a nice Rock Band butt kicking, events like Battle of the Startups is more about seeing local companies come together to support each other. So, till the next tourney! Groupon, we’re still waiting on that espresso machine.