Q&A

Rap Jesus: Ousted Genius Founder Mahbod Moghadam Finally Speaks

Mr. Moghadam (Photo via Facebook)

Rap Genius cofounder Mahbod Moghadam might not be working at the startup he helped create (which was recently rechristened Genius) anymore. But he’s not going quietly — he recently revealed he’s working on a book about his time with the startup formerly known as Rap Genius.

We had to get some more details, so we emailed Mr. Moghadam some questions about his new project and his past experiences. Also check out this book teaser Mr. Moghadam shared with us from his upcoming tome, Genius Inc. Read More

Real Estate Envy

Setting Up Shop: ‘Storefront’ Allows You to Instantly Book Pop-Up Stores

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If you’ve been sitting on an incredible idea for a pop-up retail store — like a stand for your agave-sweetened raw vegan desserts, or a gallery space where you’d make a killing off selling your roommate’s photography — there’s a startup ready to fulfill all of your dreams.

It’s called Storefront, and it allows you to book short term retail space for pop-up stores. As of today, they’re adding an Instant Booking feature so that you can impulse shop for real estate. Most of the listings are upscale, but among the listings are little Manhattan boutiques that go for less than $100 a day. Read More

it's all about the bitcoin baby

A Kanye West-Inspired Cryptocurrency Exists Now

Infringement, schminfringement! (via coinyewest.com)

Happy New Year! Did you think maybe in 2014 Internet people would cut the shit and stop hurtling bags of money into a funeral pyre of pretend pop culture currencies like dogecoin? Too bad! Coinye West is a thing now.

In case you still haven’t closed this tab, allow us to explain. You can now get your cryptocurrency, a thing that is allegedly real despite being underlined in red like a typo when you write about it, virtually stamped with Kanye West’s likeness.  Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Kanye Uses Yeezus Tour’s Screaming Fans to Shame Eric Schmidt Into Investing

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Further proving that his spectacular Yeezus tour is actually a cover for a DONDA fundraising round, Kanye West used his screaming audience to pursue an investment from Eric Schmidt at the Madison Square Garden show on Saturday night.

He repeatedly interrupted his set, Complex reports, to inform the crowd that Google chair Eric Schmidt was “in the house.” He then asked “approximately a dozen times, ‘Do y’all want Eric Schmidt to invest in DONDA?'” The crowd went wild. There’s nothing like peer pressure from a bunch of drunk groundlings to get a startup funded. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Wait Til Kanye Finds Out There’s a Job Posting for His Clothing Line on LinkedIn

That dress will be on clearance. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)

Kanye West is a pretty tech-savvy gent–his most recent music video was available only on his website and tied in to Instagram, and his mysterious startup, Donda, is populated by tech guys and app guys. And on the rare occasion that he lets us into his creative process, it most often comes through a stream of artfully-caps-locked tweets.

That’s why we’re a little skeptical about this LinkedIn help-wanted ad purporting to be advertising the missing career link between you and Yeezus: Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Listen, Ashton Kutcher Is a Tech Guy and Always Has Been, I Don’t Know Who Told You Otherwise

So method.

Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.

You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech. Read More