Rumor Roundup: The World’s Most Cheapskate VC and 57 Is Spotify’s Unlucky Number

Spotify sidles up to publishers and Peter Thiel wants to give Airbnb the Midas touch.

I’ll Take Stingy for $5, Alex We’ve heard of venture capitalists who drive a hard bargain when it comes to their term sheets, but not so much when they drive off Sand Hill Road. So we were dismayed to learn that a VC at a very prominent 36-year-old venture capital firm asked the non-profit(!) meetup group Hacks/Hackers, which brings together journalists and technologists, to waive a $5 attendance fee for an event. To put that number in context: the firm has more than $400 million under management.

Hacks/Hackers has a very welcoming attendance policy and routinely waives fees for students so that no one gets shut out. But if your portfolio’s aggregate revenue teeters up into the billions, just pry your hands off the fiver, dude.
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Rumor Roundup: The World’s Most Cheapskate VC and 57 Is Spotify’s Unlucky Number