Delivering happy endings: Is the latest disruptive startup working out of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project… an escort service?


Update: InternD founder now says escort service is “not a real site.” See below.

I’ve written before about my disappointment at Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project in Las Vegas.

In particular I’ve criticised Hsieh [a Pando investor] for his TED Talk-friendly soundbites about “spontaneous collisions,” reinventing education, and “delivering happiness,” which bear precious little relation to the real experience of living and working in Downtown Vegas.

Well, it seems I spoke too soon.

Yesterday, a tipster sent me a link to one of the latest companies to make the Downtown Project its home. One look at its website shows that it checks every box for the kind of company Hsieh says he wants to attract to his project:

Encouraging spontaneous collisions? Check!

Reinventing education? Check!

Delivering happiness! Oh yes! Oh yes! Check!

The company is called InternD and it describes itself as follows…

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Brian Blessed once bit through an umbilical cord while delivering a baby under a tree




LONDON — There are strange stories, there are really strange stories, and then there are stories like the one about English actor Brian Blessed helping to deliver a baby in Richmond Park by gnawing through an umbilical cord, which, frankly, defies all classification.

The bizarre tale was unveiled by Blessed himself during an interview with Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday.

“Years ago when I was in Z Cars (about 1963), I was running all over Richmond Park and a woman was having a baby under a tree and there was nobody around,” Blessed began. Read more…

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