Forget the Facebook Movie; Here’s the TechStars Casting Call

9/22/10Follow @gthuang

All this talk about “The Social Network,” and Mark Zuckerberg this and that, got me thinking. What if they made a movie about a technology company that’s doing something really innovative now?

A modest company that’s expanding nationally and helping to set the agenda and culture for a new generation of techie entrepreneurs…One with deep connections to many of the top investors and venture capitalists around the country…

OK, I chose TechStars, the seed-stage investment and mentoring company, mostly because I think Robert De Niro could do a fantastic Shawn Broderick (head of TechStars Boston). I’m sure I’m not alone. Plus I’ve met or seen most of the TechStars folks in person, so I have some sense of their style and mannerisms.

Sadly, Hollywood’s not going to green-light this one unless TechStars makes it big—and a whole lot of backstabbing occurs—but here goes.

This is who I would cast in the key roles of “TechStars: The Movie.” We even have an A-list producer/director (see below). Now we just need a script, perhaps involving AngelGate and/or Y Combinator…


David Cohen (founder and CEO), played by Jon Favreau (photo: Thomas Crenshaw):

David Cohen (photo: TechStars)Jon Favreau (photo: Thomas Crenshaw)








Brad Feld (co-founder), played by Seth Rogen (photo: Phil Konstantin):

Brad FeldSeth Rogen (photo: Phil Konstantin)








Nicole Glaros (general manager), played by Mary-Louise Parker (photo: Gage Skidmore):

Nicole Glaros (photo: Nicole Glaros)Mary-Louise Parker (photo: Gage Skidmore)








Shawn Broderick (Boston director), played by Robert De Niro (photo: Petr Novák, Wikipedia):

Shawn Broderick (photo: Shawn Broderick and BostInnovation)Robert De Niro (photo: Petr Novák, Wikipedia)








Andy Sack (Seattle director—photo: Randy Stewart), played by Michael Douglas (photo: Stephen P. Weaver, U.S. Navy):

Andy Sack (photo: Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com)Michael Douglas (photo: Stephen P. Weaver, U.S. Navy)








David Tisch (New York director), played by Shia LaBeouf (photo: Nicolas Genin):

David Tisch (photo: David Tisch)Shia LaBeouf (photo: Nicolas Genin)








Jared Polis (co-founder), played by Peter Sarsgaard (photo: Patrick McBryde):

Jared Polis (photo: Jared Polis)Peter Sarsgaard (photo: Patrick McBryde)








David Brown (co-founder), played by J.J. Abrams (photo: David Shankbone):

David Brown (photo: David Brown, JEMS Connect)J.J. Abrams (photo: David Shankbone)








[Celebrity photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]


Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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  • http://www.techstars.org David Cohen

    What? Not Brad Pitt? Come on!

  • http://simplegeo.com Matt Galligan

    I dunno, I think Brad needs to be played by Geddy Lee from Rush.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/fanfare//files/2010/05/cr_mega_566_Geddy%20Lee.jpg

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/ghuang/ Gregory T. Huang

    Those are strong alternatives. Keep ‘em coming and we could have a constructive debate. I’ll admit I was swayed by the glasses more than anything…

  • Carol

    Ben Affleck for David Tisch

  • Megan

    I ALWAYS thought Shawn Broderick reminded me of Robert De Niro! Not sure about Seth Rogin though, must be the glasses.

  • Scott

    Why not a documentary? set-up some flip cams around the office – record and I’ll bet you’ll have some stories scripts that could be used for something

  • Megan
  • http://techstars.org Nicole

    Hmm- how about Angelina Jolie? Okay maybe I’m not nearly svelte enough for that, but I’ve always wanted to wear a gun on my leg. I bet I would do a better job of keeping the founders in line…

  • http://www.metzger.com Amy

    Nicole, forget about Tomb Raider and Mrs. Smith. Nancy Botwin always comes out on top! :)