Y Combinator Acquired by Andreessen Horowitz for $266 Billion? Only in a SHRTURL World

June 5, 2014

10:47 am

You may have seen the recent news on TechCrunch that Andreessen Horowitz has bought Y Combinator for a mind-blowing $266 billion: “Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz Purchases Startup Accelerator Y Combinator for $266 Billion.”

“To those of you who may be unsure about this step, just know that the people of Andreessen Horowitz are all just as human as you and me,” Sam Altman reportedly said in a press release.

Or is that really TechCrunch? The URL is http://shrturl.co/BA9vk and you’ll find this little gem at the bottom:

SHRTURL hoaxhoax Y combinator andreessen horowitz

Darn you, SHRTURL! Turns out, SHRTURL is a sneaky hoax-generating tool. Just enter the URL of the page you want to impersonate, and you’ll instantly be able to edit the headings, text, and images. Apparently it doesn’t work for sites with “fancy-pants Javascript.” 

SHRTURL was created by Alexander Griffioen, lead designer at The Next Web based in the Netherlands. According to The Next Web, hoax pages expire in 48 hours – so head over and read the article now. On the plus side, you can only do so much damage in two days… 


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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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