“It’s harder for a women’s site to raise money… no question”

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Back when Bustle launched, the Internet exploded that Bryan Goldberg– a young Rodney Dangerfield who previously built a site for armchair quarterbacks— would dare to take on a women’s site as his next challenge. 

The rage machine was in such tilt that Goldberg would up buying back his shares from one investor.

Amid all that hand-wringing, it seemed lost on many pundits that one of the most successful women’s media sites in the digital era, Refinery29, is also run by two men. Those two men– Justin Stefano and Philippe von Borries — were our guest at last month’s PandoMonthly. They’ve raised some $ 80 million to date and are one of just six content companies valued north of $ 100 million.

In the clip below, we talk about how two dudes who met at 16 wound up leading a women’s site that was– in fairness– also co-founded by two women, who don’t share the CEO title.  We also talked about the distinct challenges of raising money if you are a female founder, versus a founder of any gender building a company for women…

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Surprising no one, founder of InternD escort site admits the whole thing was a scam

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Yesterday I brought you the curious story of InternD – an escort service apparently being run from inside Tony Hsieh’s Vegas Downtown Project.

As I explained, the service – which invited would-be escorts to upload “full length” photos – gave its office address as the DTP’s “Work In Progress” shared workspace, used by many of Hsieh’s portfolio companies, as well as the local branches of Uber and Postmates. Lawyers told me that it likely broke at least one of Nevada’s anti-sex-trafficking laws.

For their part, the Downtown Project and Work In Progress insisted they had no record of a company called InternD operating in their building. In fact, they later claimed that no one had even visited InternD.com from inside Work In Progress.

The company, however, insisted that it was “legal and ethical,” posting a barrage of tweets about how little they cared about criticism…

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