dirty filthy money
As you slave away at your entry-level job earning barely enough to afford Netflix, think to yourself: there are people out there earning thousands of dollars a month by selling people horse poop.
Remember ShitExpress, the aptly-named site that lets you use Bitcoin to anonymously send poop to people you don’t like?
Well, people must really have a lot of enemies, because the company made $10,120 in sales over the course of 30 days, according to a blog post published earlier this month. They’ve also shipped poop—it’s horse poop, not human poop, F.Y.I.—to 36 different countries.
Attention anyone who—like us—has a weird fascination with shiny new office supplies.
A sleek, metal mechanical pencil that’ll purportedly “last you a lifetime” has recently crushed its $4,000 Kickstarter goal. With 56 days still remaining in the campaign, the pencil has already raised over $19,000, and we expect that number will keep on climbing.
Off the Media
A Buffalo man is auctioning off the holy grail of nerd-dom: the world’s largest videogame collection. If you want it to be yours, be prepared to shell out a cool $50,000 — at the very least.
Michael Thomasson has amassed the collection, which features over 11,000 games and 100 different consoles, over the past 20 years, ArsTechnica reports. He says he buys one to two games per day, and spends around $3,000 per year updating the collection. Guinness has certified Mr. Thomasson’s videogame collection as the largest in the world.
Last week, a friend from elementary school’s house burned down. She lost everything. Since they were renters, none of the stuff in the house was insured. Worse yet, it was the cherry on top of an already heartbreaking week in which her little dog had been killed by another dog.
Due to the marvel of social media and social tools, another friend immediately set up a campaign with the site Give Forward to raise $12,000 for a “Start From Scratch Fund” on my friend’s behalf. Almost immediately, the first $10,000 was raised.
Investors must see massive growth potential in photos of D.I.Y. Peeps projects, because Pinterest is now valued at $5 billion, ReadWrite reported yesterday.
Pinterest hit the $5 billion mark after successfully completing a $200 million Series F led by SV Angel, TechCrunch reported. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity, A16Z, FirstMark Capital and Valiant Capital Partners also reportedly contributed.
Here’s some fun news for all the people who couldn’t afford to shell out $1,500 for Google Glass a few weeks ago — one website has found that the combined cost of all Glass’ parts only comes out to around $80. Google, unsurprisingly, is denying the claims.
The depressing news comes from the folks at TechInsight’s Teardown.com business, who dissembled a pair of Google Glass and determined the price of each of its individual parts. We were surprised to see how inexpensive each component was: the battery was $1.14; the camera was $5.66; the actual glass was $3.00. The most expensive individual piece was the processor, which still only came in at a measly $13.96.
Birchbox announced this morning that it’s just closed a $60 million Series B led by Viking Global Investors, along with existing investors First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect Partners, Glynn Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sam Lessin, Consigliere Brand Capital, Slow Ventures, Red Swan Ventures and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.
Online financial planning service LearnVest has just raked in some major funds of its own.
The company announced in a press release this morning that it just closed a $28 million funding round led by Northwestern Mutual Capital. Previous LearnVest investor Accel Partners also contributed, bringing LearnVest’s total funding to over $72 million.
If you’ve been dying to wear the Internet on your face but weren’t chosen to be a Google Glass Explorer,
consider your social life saved your chance has finally arrived.
For April 15 only, Google will make the “Explorer” version of Glass — previously only available to select geeky recipients — available to all of us plebes. The Glass will go on sale online at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, available to anyone with U.S. citizenship and a casual $1,500 to shell out.
Dynamic pricing is one of the reasons we tend to shy away from rideshare apps, because it’s only ever made the cost of our cab rides go up — that is, until now.
Yesterday, your friendly neighborhood rideshare app Lyft introduced its new “Happy Hour” feature, wherein fares will be cheaper when demand for cars is lower.