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Last Week in Betabeat: Stanford Peaces Out

catwalkr purple1 Last Week in Betabeat: Stanford Peaces OutToo busy to check your daily Betabeat? Here are the highlights from last week, as selected by the editors.

REQUIRED READING: As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit

Let’s take a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Future. The year is 2016, and George Bailey, a former banker, now a part-time consultant, is looking for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for a co-op in the super-hot neighborhood of Bedford Falls (BeFa).

REQUIRED READING: Stanford Pulls Bid for New York Tech Campus
It appears Stanford’s decision took both the city and the other contending schools by surprise.

SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Hours After Stanford Drops Out, Cornell Announces $350 M. Donation For Tech Campus

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch Finale: Olapic, Dibsie and Markover Compete For The Big Prize
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:
-Bye-Bye to the Billable Hour? Rash of Legal Startups Offer a Dot JD
-Pay-to-Pitch Comes Creeping Back: How Much Is Too Much?
-Exclusive: Jake Lodwick Raises $1-2 M. To Build Elepath, a Software Studio

MILK AND COOKIES:
-The Real Startup Dogs of Silicon Alley
-Hashable Pivot is Not A Pivot, Just a Supposedly Massive, Game-Changing ‘Better Product’ of an Update
-In Which Eben Moglen Like, Legit Yells at Me for Having Facebook

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