Interview With Reddit Troll, ‘Violentacrez’, On Anderson Cooper
Notorious smut peddler, "Violentacrez", gave his first Interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper last night. After being outed by Gawker last week, the 49-year-old softspoken software engineer has lost his job and rekindled a fierce debate over the limits of free speech. "I am to some degree apologizing for what I did," said Michael Brutsch, "Violentacrez is what I did in my spare time to unwind from my 10-hour-a-day job. That’s how I relaxed in the evening. I no longer need to relax in the evening, because I no longer have a job."
HotOrNot Founder Launches Mobile, Social App Perceptual Networks, Raises $1M From First Round, Steve Chen, Max Levchin And Others
Philadelphia-based Perceptual Networks has raised $1 million in funding from an impressive group of VCs and angels, including First Round Capital, Bullpen Capital, Max Levchin, Steve Chen, Michael Birch Rackspace founder Richard Yoo, Demand Media founder Shawn Colo Joshua Schachter (founder of Tasty Labs and Delicious), Alexis Ohanian (founder of Reddit), James Hong (founder of HotOrNot), Philip Kaplan, Naval Ravikant, Tikhon Bernstam (founder of Scribd and Parse), Garry Tan (founder of Posterous and Partner at Y-Combinator), Gabriel Weinberg (founder of DuckDuckGo and NamesDatabase), Jameson Hsu (founder of Mochi Media), Bob Ippilito (founder of Mochi Media), Ken Keller (founder of IGN.com and Cadence), Paul Bragiel (partner at I/O Ventures), Tom McInerney, Bill Lee and Nils Johnson. The Perceptual Networks' site seems to be login-only, but from the description in this Philadelphia Inquirer report, the startup appears to be focused on social discovery and mobile.