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The Startup Zeitgeist · The Macro

The Macro – May 4 – Twice per year — once in the winter and once in the spring — thousands of men and women apply to Y Combinator. Each of these bright minds has his or her own vision of the future of technology. They pitch ideas related to Bitcoin…
Hiten Shah RT @ycombinator: We analyzed 8 years' worth of YC application data to map the startup zeitgeist. See the results here: t.co/hDSpTzuvaV
Defrag/Glue RT @ramez: Fantastic insights into startup trends, drawn from YCombinator applications: t.co/b1dBCEJlg8
Paul Kedrosky RT @ramez: Fantastic insights into startup trends, drawn from YCombinator applications: t.co/b1dBCEJlg8
Kevin Moore RT @ycombinator: We analyzed 8 years' worth of YC application data to map the startup zeitgeist. See the results here: t.co/hDSpTzuvaV
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Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte launches engineer genome project

TechCrunch – Megan Rose Dickey – May 4 – Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte, which has raised $3 million in funding, just launched its engineer genome project to foster software-driven, intelligent job-matching. “We figured out the exact list of attributes that top tech…
Tikhon Bernstam RT @Harjeet: Launching the @triple_byte engineer genome project, result of schlepping through thousands of blind tech interviews: t.co/iDHbL4XuBa
Marc Andreessen RT @Harjeet: Launching the @triple_byte engineer genome project, result of schlepping through thousands of blind tech interviews: t.co/iDHbL4XuBa
Paul Buchheit RT @Harjeet: Launching the @triple_byte engineer genome project, result of schlepping through thousands of blind tech interviews: t.co/iDHbL4XuBa
Harjeet RT @svangel: Excited for the impact of Triplebyte's engineer genome project on eliminating bias and inefficiencies in interviews! t.co/EDypmoP39m
Jonathan Abrams Interesting: Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte launches engineer genome project - TechCrunch t.co/rzpKztdGkf thanks @svangel
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Transparent 409A

Medium – Henry Ward – May 3, 10:05 PM – It is an oddity that knowing the value of any public company is free (see Google Finance) but knowing the value of your own private company is not. The biggest problem with 409A has been the industry itself. Providers have greedily overcharged…
Boris Wertz Great news for startups: @esharesis open-sourcing 409A valuation models (or you can get them for only $25/month) t.co/vFbJQ5HBye
Scott Belsky A good step towards helping employees understand the value of their stock, accounting for liquidation preferences. t.co/wh4NQjUDvg
Jeremy Levine What eShares is doing is game changing. Must use for a startup. I'm so thrilled to be an investor. t.co/gye9cfOBio
Richard Chen Founders take note. Seriously. (Rock on @henrysward & team!) t.co/oBW3YwXRaE
Don Dodge Need a 409a valuation? Or employee stock vesting, cap table? Try @eshares They just announced a new 409a service t.co/yiBOCmi8cZ
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Welcome Villi

VentureBlog – The venture business is a strange profession. It doesn't require a single skill or discipline. It requires a range of expertise. Great venture capitalists have extensive networks built on top of meaningful relationships. They have a broad…
Roy Bahat Big! Two great tastes that taste great together, @davidhornik and @VilliSpeaks. t.co/4azLosrGUl
James Cham Congratulations to August for landing one of the good guys! t.co/nUywnciAJ0
Josh Felser Best hire ever. We already liked you guys and now we are even more in bed t.co/g9vjiQS51l
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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

vellumatlanta – jamespinkstone – May 4, 9:55 AM – “The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber. “Wait,” I asked, “so it's supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive without asking my permission?” “Yes,” she…
Ben T. Smith, IV Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. - vellumatlanta t.co/eOIRP9T5kT via @nuzzel thanks @TheOneSoleShoe
Kevin Moore RT @timoreilly: Wow - I am SO glad I don't use Apple Music t.co/MTI26o0cR5 This is insane, and a sad commentary on the 'lock in' cloud future
Tim O'Reilly Wow - I am SO glad I don't use Apple Music t.co/MTI26o0cR5 This is insane, and a sad commentary on the 'lock in' cloud future
Andy McLoughlin Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. - vellumatlanta t.co/kfNeXRZCWm via @nuzzel
Jeffrey Zeldman Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | A saga of bad defaults and overstepped boundaries. t.co/zvvswlpFiz
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Google's Artificial Intelligence Engine Reads Romance Novels

BuzzFeed – “Her blouse sprang apart. He was assaulted with the sight of lots of pale creamy flesh bursting out of a hot pink bra, the cleavage high and perky. It was a gorgeous surprise, all that breast she'd been hiding under her crisp tailored…
Chris Messina Google has decided that people need more romance [#bots] in their lives. t.co/Eq26Lb9nQX #AI
Hilary Mason Is there a public romance novel dataset? This looks like fun: t.co/DtWCmvdtyu
Tim Chang high potential area for AI/chatbots/me-bots = persona design; and what better training set than romance novels? :p t.co/5tFWcrVYTc
@jdrive .RT @eringriffith robots can already write earnings reports. now they're penning romance novels t.co/TDAtUL1p4g
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Small Ball - AVC

AVC – Fred Wilson – Small Ball is a style of play in basketball when a team sacrifices size/height for speed and shooting. The Golden State Warriors, the best team in the NBA this regular season, are a good example of a team that often uses this strategy. As the…
Jonathan Abrams RT @chudson: I'm clearly biased in favor of this argument but @fredwilson lays it out nicely. Small Ball t.co/W3jTfkesYU
Charles Hudson I'm clearly biased in favor of this argument but @fredwilson lays it out nicely. Small Ball t.co/W3jTfkesYU
Charlie O'Donnell I think this post makes me the Spud Webb of VC. t.co/j7H82D56Op
Charlie O'Donnell RT @arcktip: I start each day reading a piece by @avc @msuster or @ceonyc. Today's 'Small Ball' post by A VC is great. t.co/kY6BkW1Hbl
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Harvard-Linked VC Fund Goes Up in Smoke and Acrimony

Fortune – May 4, 4:00 PM – While Van Vuuren was abroad helping his family, Chung went to Xfund 2's counsel, Peter Laybourn of Ropes & Gray LLP, without informing Van Vuuren, and misrepresented to Laybourn that Van Vuuren had agreed to amend the Xfund Management Company…
Dan Primack ICYMI: Harvard-linked VC fund goes up in smoke and acrimony t.co/4L099EWTFW t.co/EumrocQBw2
Dan Primack RT @Techmeme: Inside the acrimonious breakdown of Xfund, the early-stage VC firm with ties to Harvard t.co/h6EGNwSFDK t.co/7remlzA9Ix
Scott Kirsner Blockbuster story from Dan Primack on Xfund, based in Cambridge and Silicon Valley. t.co/gbHMQ9LUkf
dave lerner wow... brutal founder dispute at a venture fund... a sad tale of egos, mistrust,bad lawyering, etc t.co/CgIiLDRCGI
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eShares puts the screws to 409A auditors

TechCrunch – Connie Loizos – May 4 – Every startup that gives employees option grants has to comply with 409A, a section of the U.S. tax code that was established in late 2004 and basically states that a company has to pay tax on some of the compensation it defers, including those…
Manu Kumar RT @BobAckerman: It ain't sexy but it sure is disruptive. Love this company... t.co/qmS8WvcM1q
Bilal Zuberi I am not an investor in this, but I truly believe @eshares is an incredible service for startups. Two thumbs up! t.co/Uw230qe3pT
Danielle Morrill RT @eshares: .@TechCrunch covered our 409A announcement! Read about it here: t.co/NY88pFvCAi And our thoughts: t.co/VRjqsOh35W
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SAASTOCK CONFERENCE DUBLIN 2016

SaaStock – September 22nd is a date as a Founder, Exec or Investor in B2B SaaS you should not ignore. On that day, 37 of some of the brightest minds (and nicest people) in the startup world will come together to share their insights, experiences, and offer…
Christoph Janz RT @SaaStock: 37 Great Minds. One Event. Meet the Fabulous #SaaStock16 Speakers t.co/chS89emcq5 t.co/bLSd6yGoSG
David Cancel RT @SaaStock: 37 Great Minds. One Event. Meet the Fabulous #SaaStock16 Speakers t.co/chS89emcq5 t.co/bLSd6yGoSG
Gil Dibner RT @SaaStock: 37 Great Minds. One Event. Meet the Fabulous #SaaStock16 Speakers t.co/chS89emcq5 t.co/bLSd6yGoSG
Robin Wauters RT @saascribe: 37 Great Minds. One Event. Meet the Fabulous #SaaStock16 Speakers t.co/sEVEOV4xtN t.co/VpLHUrKIG4
Balderton Capital If you're in enterprise software, check out @SaaStock - we're delighted that @Jp_wise is involved! t.co/rH3dAfxCYr