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This 24-Year-Old CEO Is Also Having an Oscar Moment



A couple of years ago, Lerer Ventures, a New York venture capital firm, was hosting a lightening pitch round for startups. At lunchtime, Kenneth Lerer, manager at the firm, was heading out the door to grab some food when he heard a voice behind him. “Someone yelled out ‘Mr. Lerer, Mr. Lerer. I’m pitching your son [Ben] but I realize I really should come talk to you, because if I don’t win, I still want to talk to you,'” recalls Lerer. “That said everything to me.”

The voice belonged to Kelsey Falter the now-24-year-old CEO of Poptip. Two years later, the startup has snagged deals with CNN, the NFL, Spotify and Budweiser, among others. Poptip’s latest deal is to provide back-end technology that lets E! Entertainment network offer Twitter-based voting during the 86th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday Read more…

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