What's a startup?

Question was inspired from reading this article in the wsj (link inside the post) : "Uber Going for Startup-Valuation Title"

How would you guys define a 'startup'? It seems like a very nebulous term that is often thrown around. If it has reached the level of employing a few hundred/thousand people, then I'd personally be inclined to just call it a 'company' at that point instead of a 'startup'. Am I missing something here?


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Current ThinkPad lineup

What are your guys' thoughts on the current ThinkPad lineup? Thinking of getting a T450 after selling my Macbook Pro, can't do anything productive in Excel on it. If you guys have any other PC suggestions, I'd appreciate that too.

Debt Yield NYC Class A Office?

Anyone in the CMBS industry know what debt yields the industry is allowing on 65-70% LTV IO loans for class A midtown office buildings?

Just putting together an analysis for defeasing a loan and I know we can get there on LTV and DSCR but the debt yield will be the limiting factor here. I don't want to reach out to our lenders for guidance yet because I don't want to get hounded by them once they know we're thinking about refi'ing.


Paid vs. Unpaid internship hours

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For the fall/winter since I struck out for the summer I'm thinking I should approach places saying that I would do an unpaid internship during the semester, but I'll be in school full time and likely won't be able to work crazy hours.

2015 Bonus Speculation / Changes

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