Expert Thoughts

5 Celebrities I Met While Interning at Rap Genius

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Earlier this year, I took a leave of absence from college to go work for the cofounder of Rap Genius, Mahbod Moghadam. I lived with him in his house — the “Rap Genius Mansion,” I started calling it — in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, for a month.

There are a lot of negative misconceptions about Rap Genius, but there’s a reason why they have a $15 million Series A investment and the backing of some of the biggest names in the game. They’ve done an incredible job of putting together a collection of the most passionate, talented startup people that I’ve ever been around. Seeing the way that its three cofounders — Tom Lehman, Ilan Zechory, and Mahbod — moved helped me learn in a way that college never could. This is a very serious company with a very bright future ahead of them, and I was incredibly fortunate to be a small part of it. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Who Would Buy an Ashton Kutcher Themed Lenovo Phone?

This is the profile picture on Mr. Kutcher's Facebook page. Pretty sure he's not using a Lenovo phone. (Facebook)

As part of his fervent, ongoing mission to prove he’s the tech-iest tech person in all the land, Ashton Kutcher will be designing a line of special edition phones for Lenovo.

In case you haven’t been keeping up with Mr. Kutcher’s burgeoning career, the Butterfly Effect actor technological innovator joined Lenovo as a “product engineer” in late 2013, with the goal of making the company’s products “as consumer friendly as possible.” Part of the role evidently has involved designing this new line of phones, which Recode reports will be released later this year.  Read More

New Science

The 7 Stages of Internet Grief

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This is a post by Matt Langer that originally appeared on his blog.

1. People tweet about dead celebrity

2. People tweet about what dead celebrity meant to them

3. People tweet insensitive jokes about dead celebrity

4. People tweet about how it’s too soon to be tweeting insensitive jokes about dead celebrity

5. People tweet about how other people tweeting about dead celebrity aren’t tweeting the right way about dead celebrity

6. People tweet about how people tweeting about dead celebrity should instead be tweeting about recent tragedy

7. People tweet about how people who tweet about how people tweeting about dead celebrity should instead be tweeting about recent tragedy are assholes