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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There’s a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer set to be released Monday night, but there’s a catch — you have to watch Monday Night Football to see it debut.

The new trailer, which will be the film’s third, is set to debut at halftime during the New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles game that starts at 8:30 p.m. ET. And although the trailer will end up online shortly if not immediately before it airs, impatient star wars fans will still have to suffer through an entire half game of football

Advanced tickets for the film were supposed to go on sale immediately after the trailer aired, although Mashable has confirmed that Fandango has begun rolling out tickets to the debut on Dec. 17 early Read more…

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