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Rumor Roundup: The World’s Most Cheapskate VC and 57 Is Spotify’s Unlucky Number

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I’ll Take Stingy for $5, Alex We’ve heard of venture capitalists who drive a hard bargain when it comes to their term sheets, but not so much when they drive off Sand Hill Road. So we were dismayed to learn that a VC at a very prominent 36-year-old venture capital firm asked the non-profit(!) meetup group Hacks/Hackers, which brings together journalists and technologists, to waive a $5 attendance fee for an event. To put that number in context: the firm has more than $400 million under management.

Hacks/Hackers has a very welcoming attendance policy and routinely waives fees for students so that no one gets shut out. But if your portfolio’s aggregate revenue teeters up into the billions, just pry your hands off the fiver, dude. Read More

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Headline Guessing Game Wins News Games Hackathon; Other Hacks Not as Fun

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The winner of this weekend’s news games hackathon hosted by journalist/developer group Hacks/Hackers at CUNY’s journalism school this weekend was created by a professional newsroom programmer, Associated Press developer Julian Burgess. In Whose Headline, players match headlines to their publications. It has the simple, sticky satisfaction of solitaire, but you gain a top-level sense of what’s going on in the world at the same time. Is “DRUGGY DAUGHTER BOOMERANGS WHITNEY” from The National Enquirer, the New Yorker or The Onion? “Attorney generals slam ‘binge-in-a-can’ drink”–The New York Daily News, Forbes or The Guardian? Read More