Lala Land When you plunk down $18 million in hard-won settlement earnings on an 8,000 sq. ft. manse with “a jetliner view of L.A.” you don’t just around on the couch watching Bravo. Especially not if your names are Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.
The strapping venture capitalists recently hosted two parties at their new Hollywood Hills home. The first was feting Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell, cofounders of the fashion startup Hukkster, which recently scored a $1 million seed round from the duo. Guests included actor Jason Lewis (Samatha’s boyfriend to the rest of us).
The hosts of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” could barely contain their glee over the fact that litigious twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss agreed to appear on their show this morning. “I need an autograph… for my daughter!” squee’d one of the show’s hosts. Right.
The Winklevi appeared in a segment called “The Disruptors” that highlights some of tech’s biggest heavy-hitters. Apparently the duo are now running a VC firm aptly titled Winklevoss Capital. When reached via email, Cameron Winklevoss confirmed to Betabeat that it’s the first time the two have officially announced the company.
Are you big on the Internet? Klout, the online influence measurement system, helps you determine just that. “We measure your influence based on your ability to drive action in social networks,” explains the Klout page. But aside from providing you with an over-inflated sense of self-importance, Klout also mines your Twitter page for popular terms, and determines a list of topics you’re especially influential about. This reporter, for example, is influential about blogging and cats, which is pretty much dead on.
It's a Zuck Zuck Zuck Zuck World
Former Harvard University president Larry Summers gave the audience at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Tech conference the real back story on a familiar scene from The Social Network. In Aaron Sorkin’s version of events, Mr. Summers couldn’t be bothered with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss’ attempt to halt Mark Zuckerberg’s world domination with Harvard’s code of conduct. But what Mr. Summers was really thinking may have been worse. “Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” he told the crowd, adding:
“One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case.”
Another reason to keep the start-up dress code “business shabby.”