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Uber Calls TechCrunch’s Bluff, Opens Actual Lemonade Stand

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Not enough startups have a good sense of humor. We all know Groupon is one of them, and Uber is following suit. Rather than flame me for my snarky early morning comparison of Uber’s immediate business ambitions to a lemonade stand, the company has penned a fake (we hope) post about its new business line– lemonade stands that track your movements as you get closer to them.

Of course, they have to be called “Uber Stands” thanks to restrictive California laws regulating lemonade stands. (That part is so plausible for this state, it actually made me wonder…)

In my next post, I’ll be sure to compare Uber’s corporate ambitions to something I need immediately, say, a diaper service.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

TC Readers Give Gumball Capital More than $10,000; Make Kiefer Do Some Weird Stuff (TCTV)

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Travis Kiefer, a kid who worked brutally hard to get into Stanford, took time off to build a non-profit called Gumball Capital, and decided to raise money by running a marathon on every continent. It was one of the more passed around posts I’ve ever written with more than 1,200 Facebook “likes,” 800 retweets and RTing this actually made my username a national trending topic on Twitter for a brief period.

More important, TechCrunch readers donated more than $10,000 to Kiefer’s nonprofit. The deal was Kiefer would do something crazy for each $27 donation. Since he was going to be in Antarctica for a week, he figured he’d have plenty of time. And then he got stuck in Chile for three days. Oops.

I caught up with Kiefer from my parents house in Memphis and his parents house in South Dakota to hear how it all went. If for no other reason, watch this to see how much he looks like Kenneth from 30 Rock.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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