Bess Levin

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Will models be accepting Bitcoin? Yes, if the Winklevoss twins have anything to do with it. Tyler and Cameron were among the guests at Ben Watts’ “Shark Attack” party at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk. Cameron was heard talking to One Model Management’s Scott Lipps about setting up Bitcoins for models through a San Francisco-based exchange. [NYP]

Marijuana sales are spreading across the nation thanks to the growing legalization of the drug. Now a new financial firm, KindBanking, wants to be the financial backbone for the hemp and cannabis industry. “Think of us as the GE Capital of this under-served, but potential multi-billion dollar industry,” said KindBanking’s founder and CEO David Dinenberg…KindBanking, which launched in April, already has nearly a dozen deals, and is talking to start-ups in the U.S. and around the world, including Amsterdam and Panama. The West Hollywood firm provides equity financing in states that allow pot, plus alternative capital like debt, convertible debt and other venture capital or angel investments. In return, KindBanking becomes a partner and owns a portion of the company. “We’re doing deals for dispensaries, growers, equipment companies, edible products makers, even a weed-based online news network” Dinenberg said. [CNBC]

Barry Diller sure must be a forgiving guy. Sean Rad, 27, is sitting pretty as Tinder’s chief executive despite allegedly describing his boss, IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Diller, as a d–k and texting a drawing of Diller as such, The Post has learned. Word of the penis put-down emerged this week in an explosive lawsuit filed by Whitney Wolfe, a 24-year-old former Tinder exec who says she was sexually harassed by Rad and fellow co-founder Justin Mateen. [NYP]

  • 02 Jul 2014 at 2:24 PM

Sleep Where George Soros’s Daughter Hath Slept


It may not be a dream apartment on East 85th Street, but it’s not exactly a dump, either. Read more »

On a typical day, most of you probably obtain your lunch in one of several ways: ordering it on Seamless, out at a working lunch, or ferreting around the office pantry for a melange of snacks. A good day might involve getting your 11th Chop’t salad for free. If creativity and need to feel alive struck, you’d possibly think about sneaking into the executive dining room and swipe a couple of dinner rolls. But would you ever purchase a business class ticket out of JFK (or whatever your local airport may be), gorge yourself on free delicacies in the lounge, and then reschedule your flight so you could do it all again the next day, and the day after that? You might not, but this genius did: Read more »



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Remember LightSquared? Company that “seeks to create connectivity for all” but in doing so might “cost 794 lives in aviation accidents over 10 years with disruptions to satellite-aided navigation”? Filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2012? Passion project of investor Philip Falcone, on which he bet the farm? The thing Falcone said he was thrilled to be able to devote 100% of his energy to after being banned from the securities industry for a few years? He owns a lot less of today than he did yesterday. Read more »

The World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium looks like a great case of timing the market. Today’s game is scheduled to begin just as regular stock trading ends at 4 p.m. in New York. Compared with the midday start for last week’s U.S.-Germany match, there should be fewer conflicts in the workplace while giving Wall Street watering holes an earlier jump on Happy Hour. “The timing couldn’t be more appropriate,” said Philip Blancato, the chief executive officer of investment adviser Ladenburg Thalmann Funds/USA on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. “We have a group from the company that’s going to head out at the end of the work day and go watch the game together.” [Bloomberg]