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Rumors & Acquisitions: Fake Twitter Edition

rumormonger Rumors & Acquisitions: Fake Twitter EditionWHO FAKED A TISCH? Betabeat was considering “The Real Dave Tisch” as a headline for this week’s profile, among other puns and permutations (a friend of Mr. Tisch’s submitted “a Tisch named Wanda” via Mr. Tisch–makes no sense, looooooove it). So today we started wondering: who is @fakedavetisch, the occasionally-harsh but very funny parody Twitter account? We started poking around–but the secret is being held close to the vest. “Dave Tisch????” suggested one local VC. “Just joking.” We know it’s not the Tischster–he didn’t know who was behind the account himself until after the most recent demo day–but he did give us some clues. It’s three people: two employees of VC firms, one entrepreneur; two are female, one is male. One moved out to San Francisco. Hmm…

Phineas Barnes: The VC’s tweets are stylistically similar, and @fakedavetisch tweeted to his #todayskicks app. “But pretty sure Phineas doesn’t have a mean bone in his body,” one VC countered.

Caren Maio: We got a tip that the Nestio CEO and TechStar could be the brilliant mind behind the snark. “Haha no, I’m not…but please let me know when you find out! I’ve been trying to figure it out for months,” she told Betabeat in an email.

Phoebe Espiritu: The hackstar doth protest too much, wethinks… “Nooo keep @fakedavetisch‘s identity secret! It would be like unmasking Batman!” she tweeted. Sounds like something @fakedavetisch would say, we countered. “No! I wish! otherwise I’d give myself hugs and hoodies all the time!” she said.

Sarah Tavel: The Bessemer VC just moved out to S.F. One source said she’s too much of a straight shooter; another claimed she “wasn’t around for TechStars.” But we’re not so sure…

Or perhaps it’s one of the mischief-makers at Betaworks, well-known for their puckish fake Twitters @ArcticTonyPuns@bw_ac and @hallwaycat. Got a clue? Tell us all you know.

YOUR MONEY OR… YOUR LIFE. It all started with a question that had been bugging us: do investors encourage their investees to buy health insurance? Or is that not lean? Betabeat hit the phones and we found out something fun: health insurance is rarely a requirement in term sheets, but life insurance often is. Some VC firms are more aggressive about it than others–Union Square Ventures seems keen on it, though, as apparently the Shapeways founders had to get policies. Now the question is, how much are they worth?

HOMETOWN LOYALTY. Yay! Foursquare is here to stay! Betabeat has learned that Foursquare’s lease on its new office in Soho is currently drafted until 2018–meaning the startup plans to stick around in NYC for a good long time–it’s only like, four years old, remember–despite recently opening an apparently very trendy San Francisco office. The deal hasn’t been signed yet, as far as we know, but it’s really looking like Foursquare got the space despite a last-minute threat from future building mate ZocDoc.

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