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Izzie Lerer’s Animal-Focused News Site The Dodo Launches, Funded By Lerer Ventures

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The Dodo, a new animal-focused news site launching today, is Isabel Lerer’s initial foray into the viral news business that her father, Ken Lerer, is well-known for, having co-founded Huffington Post and serving as Chairman of BuzzFeed and Betaworks. The company is disclosing the Lerer investment today as well, with The Dodo having raised under $2 million in a seed round led by Lerer Ventures, the fund managed by father and son team Ken and Ben Lerer, the latter also co-founder at Thrillist.

Also participating in the round, which closed last fall but had not yet been announced, are Greycroft, RRE, Softbank Capital Technology Fund, Sterling Equities and Fred Harman (partner at Oak Investment Partners).

The Lerers, incidentally, were the focus of a timely profile over the weekend by NY Mag, which referred to the family as “a little Mafia-esque,” referencing the way they had their hands in nearly every buzzy New York area startup. This also includes NowThis News, another news site making headlines this week, thanks to an NBCUniversal News Group investment.

As for The Dodo, the site’s launch is a real family affair: It’s co-founded by daughter Izzie, invested in by Lerer Ventures, and running atop RebelMouse, a newer content management system, which is also a Lerer investment.

“It’s the first site [RebelMouse has] powered from scratch, and they’ve been building it for the last four months,” says Ken Lerer, noting that future installations will be turned around more efficiently, eventually reaching the point of becoming turnkey. RebelMouse, for those unfamiliar, is a platform focused on customizability and deeper social integrations, including the ability to integrate “calls to action” with posts, which The Dodo plans to soon include.

The service also includes several of the same investors as The Dodo (besides the Lerers), it’s worth noting.

Isabel’s passion for animal rights led her to study the impact of animal and human interactions at Columbia University, where she’s wrapping up her Ph.D studies. And she convinced father Ken to give up eating meat, too. Asked how long that would last, Mr. Lerer laughed, “you haven’t met my daughter – it’s going to last forever.”

As for The Dodo’s news coverage, it certainly has its share of feel-good stories ripe for social sharing, but more of the articles have a pro-animal rights bias to them, not surprisingly. For example, the lead today references the documentary “Blackfish,” and details the aftermath of a SeaWorld animal trainer’s death. The headline’s question, “will SeaWorld sink?” leaves no doubt as to The Dodo’s agenda.

Though any website touting its “animal-focused stories” would compete against, say, the entire Internet, the Lerer influence can be felt at The Dodo which currently features a contribution from Arianna Huffington (disclosure: AOL owns TechCrunch and Huffington Post), on its front page. The site is also being run by former Salon.com editor-in-chief Kerry Lauerman (CEO), and has attracted known names like Popular Science associate editor Dan Nosowitz, to join its team.

At launch, there are under a dozen writers working for the site, but no advertisers as of yet. While it’s easy enough to attract advertisers around fluffier animal stories (pun somewhat intended) designed to go viral (like on BuzzFeed), The Dodo will clearly take stronger positions on topics like hunting, animals used for entertainment purposes, wearing fur, keeping exotic or wild animals as pets, and more. The hope is to soften the blow of these stories with the lighter fare like “learning to love a hard-to-love dog,” or “pug and baby battle over cookie.” (Yep, “pug and baby” is doing well, in case you’re curious.)


NBCUniversal Invests In Mobile Video News Service NowThis News

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NBCUniversal News Group is announcing a minority investment in NowThisNews, a New York-based startup that’s looking to reinvent video journalism for the Facebook and smartphone era. As part of the investment, the two companies will co-produce original short-form news videos to be distributed across mobile and social platforms.

The brainchild of Huffington Post co-founder Kenneth Lerer (who also serves as Chairman of Buzzfeed), former Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau, and Bedrocket founder and CEO Brian Bedol, NowThis News is reinventing video news for the social and mobile worlds.

Part of this is making news accessible to newer platforms like Facebook, Vine, YouTube, Snapchat and others. Specifically, the teams will co-produce content for TODAY, MSNBC, NBC News and CNBC on topics relating to pop culture, political, and business news. These videos are posted on social platforms as well as on NowThis News’ mobile app. In fact, NBC Universal’s staff will be sent to NowThis News studio to co-produce videos, which will then be distributed across NBC properties and NowThis News. There will 30-40 co-produced videos published a week, we’re told.

The startup has a team of journalists who have held senior positions at ABC News, CNN, Washington Post and The Huffington Post and previously raised $10 million in funding from Lerer Ventures, SoftBank and others. The New York Times reports that NBC took a 10 percent stake in NowThis News.

“We know that news consumption among younger audiences continues to grow, but in order to reach that audience, we need to continue to create video for the platforms they use most. NowThis News does exactly that — delivering relevant news stories for the mobile and social platforms that resonate with this audience,” said Patricia Fili-Krushel, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, in a release. “We’re excited to incorporate this relationship into our overall strategy — to innovate inside and outside the company — positioning the News Group for future success.”

“Short term content is an area we have to play in,” she tells us in a phone conversation this evening. “In the same way you get text alerts, you need video news alerts.” There are other emerging ways in which media properties can integrate advertising into these new news formats, she adds.

Kenneth Lerer, NowThis News’s Co-Founder and Manager Director of Lerer Ventures said, “By working together, the NBCUniversal News Group and NowThis News can learn from each other and build a great digital news experience that’s a win-win for the new news consumer who wants all video, all the time, built for social and mobile. This partnership allows us to showcase our shared vision of combining the world’s strongest news brands with NowThis News to super serve consumers.”

In a conversation with TechCrunch, Lerer told us that most news sites weren’t producing real short form video, which needed to be done. “It’s seem obvious that instead of just going to a mobile app, you also need to go where your user is.” He tells us that the company will also be debuting new Twitter and Facebook products in the near future. For NBC, NowThis News can teach the media company around producing short form video for social formats, he says.

For NBC, this is the second investment in a non-traditional news platform this year. NBC Universal just backed Re/code, the technology news site recently founded by former AllThingsD founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. “We plan to be aggressive in expanding brand into new areas,” Fili-Krushel tells us. “There are these new avenues where people are consuming news and that’s where we have to go.”


Why Creative People Are So Complex.

Recently, I have been browsing through the internet and making the most of my spare time (by this, I mean the length it takes to export a video!) by doing some additional online reading on various topics.

Today, I came across a couple of articles focusing on artists, or creative people over all, and how they can come across as quite complex… or difficult.

If you have ever worked with somebody from a creative background, or maybe they know a lot about a specific subject that involves creativity, unless you both have come to a constant mutual agreement, there may have been times, where you have experienced this creative individual to be quite complex. If so, I completely understand. I am also one of those complex guys, but there is no shame about it. It’s just a way of living.

“Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest. They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm…This does not mean that creative people are hyperactive, always “on.” In fact, they rest often and sleep a lot. The important thing is that they control their energy; it’s not ruled by the calendar, the dock, an external schedule. When necessary, they can focus it like a laser beam; when not, creative types immediately recharge their batteries. They consider the rhythm of activity followed by idleness or reflection very important for the success of their work.” — Huffington Post.

Now, this being said, creative people tend to be quite versatile, in many ways where they want to keep working with what they think they know more about than other talents. Then again, it’s not about what you know, it’s about how you achieve these talents, and come across these incredible ideas that one may have, and within todays day and age, will never be seen as originality.

From my experience working with various talents within creative arts, I have come across many individuals who find their new developments by looking for inspiration and ideas from other sources. This may seem like an obvious way of note taking new creativity, but it’s actually a lot harder than it really is. For instance, I would simply browse Vimeo to get a couple of ideas (I find Youtube quite disturbing when looking for inspiration), but I don’t really want to copy anybody’s work, yet what’s more frustrating is that every creative person is doing the same thing, so really there is no more, ‘I invented that’ malarkey, it’s more about adapting ideas from various developments that have already been established and incorporating them together.

Working within a creative field can obviously be exciting, but slightly daunting, as well as going through head bashing phases every now and then. It has come to my attention that creative individuals have a way of learning, doing, seeing, smelling, even wearing. My way of learning would be to become apart of an environment you’re not very familiar with, or talk to people you wouldn’t normally associate yourself with. I find meeting with people, such as simply going for a coffee with a friend can help transform new shapes and formulations. I don’t mean by specifically going to talk about an amazing concept you have already come up with, I mean to literally, just talk about life. Sometimes this can be quite soothing and refreshing. Naturally, you may get an idea just from simply discussing about general rubbish.

“Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment… Being alone at the forefront of a discipline also leaves you exposed and vulnerable.” — Huffington Post.

There has been a time when I have gone out and said… ‘hey! look at what I have done’, to bloat myself to other people, because, we all know when we do well in life, we feel good about our achievements and feel the need to share it with others. It’s purely natural to do this. In spite of this, I believe that ‘creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment’, is a true fact about how creative people can be.

I have been in many situations where giving feedback on a piece of work has been taken to heart, which can course trouble with the artist’s emotions when they have had their work critiqued. I have always said to myself, ‘why moan about it? man up and improve on your next project by taking the feedback onboard’. If you call yourself an artist, or a creative person, you should be able to take criticism and be professional about what others say about your work. If it benefits you and your progression in the future, they are pretty much helping you, so be realistic and take their advice or opinion.

Before you even consider producing creative content and exposing it on the world wide web or at exhibitions, be aware of what others may say about your work, and be prepared. If your work is being exposed online and you receive critical feedback… you may (or may not) get a little annoyed, because this person may not understand the amount of hard work and sweat you have put in to this project, however, responding in an immature manner can have an impact on improving your work. That’s my opinion anyway.

I have never really been sensitive about any work I have produced, mainly because I never think of any project as my best work, otherwise, how will your then improve? If somebody were to criticise the hell out of a video I have worked on, I would appreciate their comments, but of course I would be expecting some kind of elaboration after giving their opinion. On the other hand, I can be very defensive towards the subject itself, this being Film Production/Digital Video. Many, many, many people have pissed me off so much, simply by saying ‘video is easy’, ‘your job is easy’, and ‘all you have to do is press record’. We all laugh together about how creative people are seen as a bunch, and that they don’t work as hard as others, such as as a simple 9-5 job.


they are wrong.

From my POV, creative people can be a lot more hard working than many other people who are working (hard of course) in what is seen as the more ‘higher’ end of the working environment, like finance, consulting, computing, teaching, and so on. If you are an artist, like a painter, illustrator, photographer or filmmaker, you are more than likely to progress passion and drive about what it is you do. Creativity does not land when you’re born, nor does it come instantly when you are fascinated with what your friend has put together. Creativity takes a lot of time, effort and hell of a lot of hard work to be able to create something interesting, not only for yourself, but for those who you hope to share your work with.

Creativity consists of long hours, knowledge and the willingness to take risks and accept challenges in multiple platforms that may not be involved in many other jobs.

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Filmmaker on a journey through life…@rpruthiUK

Content without context is a king without a crown…

Why relevance really, really matters.

“It’s like a geological core sample of sadness.” So said one commenter on Buzzfeed.

The Daily Mail were even more scathing — “I’d rather eat a tin of Pedigree Chum” is what one of their cadre of commentators had to say on the matter.

ErnieB on the Huffington Post was a little more enthused, saying “Shut up and take my money.”

These were all comments on media coverage of Game’s Christmas Tinner — an initiative my colleagues at MHP put together over the last few weeks.

It was a simple idea informed by a simple insight — people who get consoles this Christmas morning won’t want to waste time on anything as involved as a full sit-down family dinner. Enter Christmas dinner in a can.

It was a simple idea that was brilliantly executed. And it has paid off.

The Christmas Tinner has generated almost 400 pieces of coverage in 18 languages, including appearances on Buzzfeed, the BBC, Saturday Night Live and elsewhere. At last count, it was pushing 100,000 shares (that’s shares — not views) across various social platforms — putting it in the top 10 most shared UK news items of the last year. Not only have Game appeared everywhere — they’ve had people driving over 100 miles to actually purchase their own Christmas Tinners.

That story is just one reason why I’m with Gary Vaynerchuk when he talks about tripling down on content. I’d add to that. I’m tripling down on context as well.

Content without context is a King without a crown. The Christmas Tinner story would not have worked so well if it came out in June or if this had not been a year of unprecendented hype over the Xbox One and PS4. The context and relevance of the idea took it from being a really smart, well executed one to being one that has truly gone viral.

There are some who think too much content is a bad thing. We’ll be bombarded by nonsense brand posts on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat and elsewhere. There’s a simple solution — unfollow the people who are doing boring things. Facebook is already making Darwinian tweaks to their algorithm — ensuring that only the strongest content will make it to our news feeds. That’s a good thing.

I see a lot of poorly produced digital content on an ongoing basis — condescending posts on social, crap brand apps and insights that are equal parts awful, painful and banal. With more and more platforms competing for our attention, we have less and less time for irrelevant nonsense. Yet there has never been a better time to produce content that’s relevant and contextual.

The world is all about moments that matter to people — whether they be right flicks on Tinder, messages on WhatsApp, getting to Level 10 on QuizUp or seeing some piece of content that makes you raise your eyebrows, pump your fist, wrinkle your nose, laugh out loud or have a genuine human reaction.

The right content in the right context in the right moment that matters is so unbelievably powerful that it’s difficult to quantify. If you don’t believe me, scroll back up and look at the numbers for a tin of brussel sprouts, scrambled eggs, cranberry sauce, Christmas pudding and more.

Content works. Context makes it sing.

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head of digital at MHP. advisor at Kiip and others. fan of excessive amounts of five spice.


Journalism Might Actually Be Dying, BECAUSE OF COURSE

The Huffington Post is ruining everything

Don’t get me wrong, I love that content creators and publishers are starting to understand how people like to consume all forms of media. However, within the last few weeks it has become clear that the race for the all-mighty “click” has started to genuinely ruin the written word.

On the heels of major success and virality over at BuzzFeed, news outlets have jumped on the bandwagon of adopting more human-like lingo to draw in readers. At first, I welcomed this more digestable way of consuming information. One specific phrase though has really jumped the shark.

“Because of course.”

After noticing it pop in a few headlines from The Huffington Post in the past week alone, I did a quick search on their website to see if it was popping up a little too often.

And it was…

Because of course.

Because of course.

Because of course.

Because of course.

Because of course.

Getting annoyed yet?

Because of course.

Sorry, I’ll stop.

While these headlines are just a few examples of the overuse and abuse of this phrase, it is also representative of a larger problem in the industry. Media companies will sacrifice quality and integrity for a few temporary clicks and eyeballs. More importantly, it shows a total lack of creativity and originality in how they are choosing to go about obtaining said eyeballs.

If you think about it, abusing popular phrases in headlines is the journalistic equivalent of a parent saying things like “bestie” to win the approval of their children’s friends during carpool.

It’s not a good look.

Don’t let this happen to you, news media.

So, as most kids do in response to a humiliating parent, I beg you (my friends) to ignore these articles and avoid giving sites like The Huffington Post reason to believe they are a “cool” news source.

Let’s force them to be a bit more creative.

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“I am interested in the way that time records itself into things and people.” www.JohnBuysse.com


Why facts matter

Do we have to live in a world of fictions, falsehoods and figments?

Maybe, like me, you spent a little bit of your Thanksgiving reading about a bizarre and aggressive feud between two people on an airplane. Or maybe you were aghast when you read a powerful essay on being poor. Or maybe you felt a bit weird reading that kid’s Amazon-friendly letter to Santa.

If so, the chances are that you later discovered that actually you weren’t doing any of those things: you were actually reading a kind of online fiction.

There was no woman in seat 7A. There was no kid, just a comedian. And that $60,000 raised to help lift that writer out of the poverty she described? It’s complicated.

Were these stories hoaxes? Or are they (as the authors all seem to argue) just fictions that got out of control? You can decide where you draw the line, but here are two facts I’ll give you for free: none of these stories were really true, and none of the authors admitted it until they were caught.

For me, what’s worse was the fact that so many other websites pointed to the stories, or reported on them, without bothering to check the basic question of whether they were real. The sites I linked to above (Gawker, The Daily Mail, and Mashable) even got to have their cake and eat it too: they published the original unverified reports and then published stories calling them into question.

The New York Times wrote about this spate of viral fiction, and elicited this entirely accurate and utterly debilitating comment from one journalism insider:

“The faster metabolism puts people who fact-check at a disadvantage,” said Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, which reposted the fictional airplane tweets, the letter to Santa and the poverty essay.

Grim doesn’t seem to like this state of affairs. But, like most people working in online news, he probably feels like it’s an impossible force to escape.

That kind of thinking makes me feel a little unwell. Yes, he’s right: the fact that speed is one of the most valuable currencies on the web is part of its beauty and its terror. But that doesn’t mean you have to be part of it.

We fact-check every story at MATTER.

We fact-check like our lives depend on it.

That’s because, well, in a way they do: At the heart of what we do is an ambition to tell real, true stories that help people understand the world around them. And if we don’t have a reputation, we don’t have anything. Fact-checking is a key part of our reputation as a credible source and publication. If we lose credibility, we lose everything we have built.

First page of our fact-checking report for “Bad Blood”, conducted by Fangfei Shen. The queries are highlighted in yellow.

What does fact-checking even mean?

Every time we produce a story, we pay a trained fact-checker to cross-reference every statement, talk to every source, look up every reference, run through every element of a story before it’s published to ensure that we’re portraying it accurately. They provide us with a report, suggesting changes, raising concerns, explaining why this word should be changed for that word, or why this section doesn’t make sense.

Above you can see a part of the fact-check from one of our stories, about the murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. There were three separate reports, with an almost countless number of checks and 114 distinct queries.

This isn’t easy, and it takes time. Sometimes fact-checks can take the guts out of a story. That means you kill the story, or you change it: you don’t absolve yourself from blame just by deciding that not checking is easier. Sometimes fact-checks help you catch a bit of misinformation, or realize that you did something wrong. Lots of times small errors will have crept in, or misreadings, or misunderstandings. Sometimes they’re bigger. Either way, checking your facts makes stories better.

It’s pretty simple, really:

Checking facts is important, because facts are important.

We live in a world where facts often take second place to opinion. But we tend to believe that there are measurable, empirical pieces of evidence that should underpin the world.

That’s not to say that they can’t change. Facts change all the time. Interpretations of tangible things will always be up for grabs. And sometimes evidence shifts, or our understanding evolves, or the data becomes more accurate. But you have to start somewhere.

And the thing is, if we behave like facts don’t matter, then one day they won’t.

Read more – > https://medium.com/inside-matter/bf66dfb5c5e8


Blogging and the 1-9-90 Rule

WordPress, Medium, Tumblr



They say content is king, but are today’s blogging platforms designed to improve the quality of content? Even if quality was not a priority, are they designed so that we can find content we are interested in? Let´s take a quick look at WordPress, Tumblr and Medium.

The 1-9-90 rule states that in a collaborative website, 90% of the participants of a community only view content, 9% of the participants edit content, and 1% of the participants actively create new content.

On WordPress

Following the 1-9-90 rule, WordPress seems to be the most popular blogging tool for the 1% given its flexible customization and branding features. However, the fact that 19% of the world´s websites are on WordPress explains a few things about the type of business it is interested in, which has little to do with helping you get heard. If you lack the brand and followers elsewhere, you are pretty lonely using WordPress — does the world even need more standalone website domains?

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless, WordPress utterly fails at blog discovery mainly because the way it makes money does not rely on helping you find content, but rather, helping you build custom websites. If the world´s 1% needs to spend time re-distributing content around Twitter and Tumblr to get heard, rather than creating, we are in trouble.

On Tumblr

No doubt, Tumblr is the place for the 90%. It makes it easy to share content, but even easier to re-blog it. It also offers a wide range of customization features. While re-blogging and content curation are helpful, it also challenges ownership attribution, and turns Tumblr into the place where to build your “content identity”, rather than the place where original content is created. Regarding content discovery, Tumblr´s active community does the job for you when it comes to organize and curate posts.

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tumblr blog (Photo credit: Zadi Diaz)

However, as information overload makes it increasingly harder to find original content, Tumblr needs to shed more light on its authentic creators. However, Tumblr closed down its Storyboard project, which was an editorial attempt to storify the work from a selection of creators, or Tumblr’s 1%. “If we do too much storytelling ourselves, the fear is that we’re going to take it away from our community of storytellers,” Karp said. With the company reporting massive losses in 2012, it looks like sooner or later Tumblr will need to figure out a sustainable revenue stream that is aligned with its unique content creators, since this is ultimately what moves the 90%.

On Medium

While you follow users on Tumblr, Medium was built since day 1 to let you subscribe for content, instead of follow people. Medium covers the 9% — people who do not carry a daily or weekly blog, but still have relevant things to say and report from time to time.

People like it because they see it as a stress-free place, without WordPress’ bulky features and Tumblr’s infinite information. On the other hand, the minimal customization options make some users feel like Medium steals their content away while trying to figure out a monetization plan nobody knows about yet. This a reason why Medium may never attract the 1%, at least as their primary source of blogging. In addition, the fact that some writers get paid confuses people, who wonder if this is the next Huffington Post, or a hippy blogging platform.

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Image by The Economist via CrunchBase

Regarding content discovery, thank you Ev Williams for the introduction of “collections” — it is great news for bloggers who want to grow an audience according to specific interests. Finally, a social blogging platform that puts discovery and readers first!


In conclusion, two companies surprisingly lead the blogging space: WordPress — a website business— and Tumblr— a micro-blogging network. Long-form blogging is the new trend and Medium leads it, but people get confused about its monetization plans and the publisher-platform dilemma.

Until now, the ability to subscribe to collections was something mostly offered by content aggregators like Flipboard. By nature, these are able to grab content from a bunch of sources and slice it to the reader in very specific ways. However, content needs to be originally published somewhere for aggregators to work, and with newspapers and magazines fading away, the vision of turning Medium’s collections into the magazines of the future seems promising.

While today’s information systems generally reward people over content, Medium’s schema breaks the rules in many ways, as it is all about maximizing the number of readers for the right content. This model may appeal to a large group of people who have never blogged before, but who are interested in conveying ideas to the right audience. Many of the most brilliant stories and ideas are not getting heard because information systems are just not designed for them.

New blogging will most likely be about well documented stories from industry insiders, rather than journalists per se. This shall be the future of journalism. Medium might just have hinted a breakthrough blog discovery plan for it,but for now, it is yet another blogging platform without a business plan in place .

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Matt Mullenweg, American entrepreneur and founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Being Employed at Perfectionism Inc.

What to expect when doing business with perfectionism

Perfectionism asks of you. You give.

Perfectionism asks for more. You give, looking forward to payday.

Perfectionism asks for more, even though payday has come and gone, it promises to repay you. You give a little extra to show you’re worth it.

Perfectionism asks for more plus a little overtime and promises to repay you for all your time, but it wants just a little more, to prove you’re serious about your job. You give more, cause it’s going to be one huge paycheck.

Perfectionism pulls you into the office and starts to make you feel bad for not doing extra last time. It gives you an example of how you could’ve done more, but didn’t seize the opportunity. It recites the company’s core values. It tells you excellence and perfection is better than small rewards for your time. You think maybe, if you can give the most out of all the employees, it’ll pay off big time.

read more -> https://medium.com/what-i-learned-today/2709dbbf3f7a


This Teen Just Auctioned Her Virginity For About $27,000

teenager in Siberia successfully auctioned off her virginity online.

“Money is urgently needed, so I am selling the most treasured thing,” the 18-year-oldwrote on Russian auction website 24au.ru, according to a Huffington Post translation of the text.



Read more:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/siberia-virginity-auction-shatuniha-27000_n_4219720.html?ref=topbar


Kendall Jenner Offered Nearly Two Million Dollars To Become A Porn Star


According to TMZ and the Huffington Post, reality television star and pac sun bikini model Kendall Jenner has been contacted by at least six adult entertainment companies who would like to film the now legal eighteen year old engaging in sexual activities in front of the camera for profit.  Kendall was reportedly offered nearly two million dollars to star in a film for bangyoulater.com and would be given the option to choose her sex partner.  Sounds reasonable!  Right?  Jenner turned eighteen years old yesterday, November 3rd.