To put that 800Gbps figure into perspective, the internet only handles around half an exabyte of traffic every day, which equates to around 50Tbps — in other words, a single porn site accounts for almost 2% of the internet’s total traffic. And there dozens of porn sites on the scale of YouPorn, and hundreds that are the size of ExtremeTech or your favorite news site. It’s probably not unrealistic to say that porn makes up 30% of the total data transferred across the internet.
“YC produces some of the best-in-breed technology teams in the Valley,” said Jeff Tanenbaum of BlueRun Ventures, an attendee of this year’s demo day. “We covet the opportunity to invest in these entrepreneurs in their early stages of growth.”
“Paul Graham has built Y Combinator into the highest volume lead generator for great early-stage technology startups and founders,” said Matt Schlicht, who represents celebrity investors such as Lil Wayne and Pitbull. “Because of the vast number of companies YC analyzes, we pay very close attention to the investment decisions YC makes.”
“Y Combinator alumni are plugged into an incredible network,” said Kathryn Minshew, co-founder of The Daily Muse, a graduate of the most recent YC class. “When we were first fundraising in New York, word got out that we had been accepted into YC, and suddenly everyone wanted in to our round. People who wouldn’t talk to me just 10 days before suddenly changed their minds.”
I’m sure this will end well.
Of all the themes of the week, perhaps the most unfortunate was the concept that the care act is going to be struck down because of the performance of the solicitor general of the United States, Donald Verrilli. This is nonsense — and precisely the sort of horse-race crap that usually sullies political coverage. Verrilli didn’t just wake up Monday morning and become an idiot. First, he was facing a hostile court (more hostile, I will again add, than any appellate court yet to hear these care act cases). Second, it just doesn’t matter. Oral argument is just the swirl at the top of the sundae in cases like this.
I tried to open my mouth to introduce myself, but your headphones were in, and I could see that you were listening to LCD Soundsystem on rdio. Such a rebel. Only conformists use Spotify.
Evans says that the problem with the new-money players is that they’re money-smart but culturally anemic. The 10-digit successes have come so fast for them that there’s been no time—and, for most of them, no inclination—to pursue character-broadening hobbies like lepidoptery or oenology, or interests in Flemish paintings, Gregorian literature, the opera, learning new languages. No time to break Everest records for the Explorers Club or hunt black rhinos in Tanzania.
So that’s why more people don’t collect and dissect butterflies. Glad we cleared that up.
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