Nerd Alert

Portlandia Issues Heartfelt Plea to Make ‘Nerd’ a Dirty Word Again

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By and large, Ladybeat likes to stay out of the nerd-shaming business. Unlike slut-shaming, its equally insidious cousin, nerd-shaming in the Ascendancy of Zuck has come to be defined as calling out people–most often comely people with human lady parts–for not being nearly nerdy enough. (See: meme, Fake Geek Girl.)

And while that rankles, it’s equally as hard to cede the “nerd” label to well-adjusted types with nary an esoteric obsession.¬†You cool jerks would never have sat at our lunch table, etc. Read More

Feelings of Abandonment

Brooklyn Not Friendly and Passionate Enough for BankSimple, Start-Up Moves to Portland

An early collage of the BankSimple team, looking very Brooklyn. Or very Portland.

An early collage of the BankSimple team, looking very Brooklyn. Or very Portland.

BankSimple, the Brooklyn-based personal finance start-up that was supposed to have launched already, surprised us with the announcement today that it’s moving its headquarters to Portland, OR, a city which this reporter knows a smidgeon about, having lived and worked as a business reporter there. In addition to some mobile app development shops, this makes BankSimple, funded to the tune of $13 million and boasting early Twitter employee Alex Payne as a co-founder, easily one of the most high-profile start-ups based in Rip City. Read More