Visiting Dignitaries

Mandela Funeral Interpreter Stars In New App Commercial — Exclusive Interview

Mr. Jantjie, pro actor. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Remember Thamsanqa Jantjie, the interpreter who used phony sign language at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? He’s now the star of a new commercial for an Israeli streaming app.

“I want to be a professional actor,” Mr. Jantjie told Betabeat when we spoke with him over the phone this morning. “[Being famous] was my dream since I was a little boy.”

In the commercial, an enthusiastic Mr. Jantjie announces that he’s sorry for what happened at the funeral, and that he’s going to make it up to the world by entertaining everyone with appearances in ad campaigns. He then goes on to introduce Livelens, a new app that lets users stream live video to their friends and followers. Read More

Y Combinator

Startup Hustler Pitches via Parking Tickets Outside Y Combinator Demo Day

Oh, snap. (Photo: Peter Sullivan's Instagram)

Today was Y Combinator Demo Day. While Paul Graham-approved crème de la crème were inside, pitching their racing hearts out, Peter Sullivan was outside, slapping fake tickets that proclaimed, “You have illegally been subjected to make a big investment decision based on a two-minute demo pitch” on the cars outside.

Mr. Sullivan is the CEO of the social travel startup Tripl, conveniently available for download via a QR code on the ticket.

We can only hope for Mr. Sullivan’s sake that Silicon Valley investors pay more attention to pesky parking tickets than many a wealthy driver.