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  2. Earlier this year, Inc.com released a list of sectors to consider going into if you were to start a business. The list included some pretty interesting ideas: Disaster Relief, Alternative-Protein Food Products, eSports, Influencer Agents, Beauty Tech, Wom ...

    59 comments22 Sep 2018 -

  3. Hello. New user is here. Quick background: two friends (one is a CEO of a large telco Company and the other is a Ph.D. in Physics) are about to start a small trading shop. Have algorithms (developed/ tested/ deployed) that are currently running on TS (pla ...

    71 comments30 May 2018 -

  4. What exactly is "ops"?

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    i know what ops is at a broker dealer. but what is ops in F500 or even much smaller companies? for instance a contact of mine has recently started working in "operations" at a sexy startup in san francisco. it just seems like a kind of catch-all ...

    123 comments21 Sep 2016 -

  5. Long time member of WSO here, I just created a new username for this post. I'm a former investment banking analyst at a bulge bracket in NYC. I've been pursuing my real estate tech startup, Zenly, for almost a year and will be launching it in a ...

    66 comments25 May 2014 -

  6. See Part 2 | Part 3 It's the ultimate American success story: A boy grows up dirt poor and leaves home at 18 with nothing to his name. He can't afford college, but he teaches himself to code and starts a business. Through perseverance and determ ...

    42 comments24 Apr 2014 -

  7. I wondered when some startup was going to try and tackle this. Pellucid Analytics is trying to add some automation to the pitchbook generation process. What do you think monkeys? Will this catch on? Will analysts be replaced by software? startup investmen ...

    41 comments18 Feb 2018 -

  8. Hi WSO, I summon your collective minds to brainstorm on this idea!! If you have $50,000 and you can start any business what business would you start and why?-$500 monthly stipend for food/gas/cell phone-couch is free (parents/gf/friends) Present your busi ...

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  9. Read part 1 here: // www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E... Like many of you, I side with those who scoff at the amount of time the developed world wastes in formalized education- i.e., reading and studying rather than doing. In the startup ...

    32 comments8 Apr 2014 -

  10. Finding a startup to join

    Investment Banking

    Hey guys, I know this isn't the standard 'help with IB recruiting' question, but since we've got a lot of smart ppl here, I figured it'd be relevant. I've done a bunch of internships in corporate settings, and feel that its W ...

    17 comments15 Jul 2018 -

  11. Startup vs. IB

    Investment Banking

    Hello everyone, I am a senior who has an offer from an elite boutique (satellite, not NYC). However, the group (which will remain unnamed) is doing terribly and there is a possibility it will go away in the coming years. I also have a few technology start ...

    63 comments28 Feb 2014 -

  12. Hey WSO, In 2008, I worked on a tiny self-owned business. I worked with 3 other people as IT consultants for a handful of business clients in NYC, all of which were engineering firms. The business was an S-corp and only operated for 1.5 years (I got my fi ...

    85 comments20 Sep 2012 -

  13. Andy note: Best of WSO- this post originally went up October 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it. Hey guys, so I have a simple yet important question: why is it that so few students from elite sc ...

    49 comments31 Aug 2012 -

  14. I was preening through Quora, (Q&A community), and I found an Anonymous answer I wanted to share. Don't end up with the short end of the stick. 1. It's just not worth it- You work as hard as the founders, and put your everything into it. You ...

    20 comments12 Apr 2019 -

  15. Posted with permission from Leveraged Sellout. I emailed my 22 year old cousin Eric, who's graduating Summa in Economics from Harvard, to see if he needed any help getting interviews at prestigious financial institutions. I was sure there would be re ...

    32 comments22 Feb 2014 -

  16. Hey all- I think everyone knows the great Rosenbaum book for IBD. Does anyone know if there is a similar resource for venture capital/startup funding? About cap tables, etc. Thank you in advance for any ideas. startup Rosenbaum book early stage vc entrepr ...

    22 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  17. What are your thoughts on entrepreneurship during college and after an ib stint? startup Entrepreneurship start-up ...

    68 comments13 Mar 2011 -

  18. I have 3 years of work experience and was accepted to Wharton for the class of 2017. However, I also received a job offer to work at a startup as Director of Finance. I'm having trouble deciding whether to go to Wharton now or get some more experienc ...

    25 comments14 Apr 2015 -

  19. When would you find the opportunity cost of going into investment banking to be too high? In short, I've been growing my tech startup which has jumped from a 400k valuation up to 1.6mm+ valuation in the past month (according to the rounds we've ...

    37 comments25 May 2012 -

  20. Hey guys, Does anyone have any reliable information on Rocket Internet? They are a VC incubator out of Germany and I've been offered a position with the organization helping to build one of their ventures. Any insight or information people could prov ...

    31 comments9 Feb 2017 -

  21. A quick web Execu|Search will tell you that there are only a few basics to getting into an accelerator: a big problem, an innovative and superior solution, a large growing market, and a great team. Last fall, I applied to an accelerator with a foolproof p ...

    22 comments9 Feb 2014 -

  22. 8 Reasons To Choose A Startup Over A Corporate Job

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Some of you have read the thread where I expressed regrets for missing the opportunity to get a job with a start-up that was recently launched by ex-Facebookers/Googlers. Some of us are not afraid to take the risk with a young company instead of going wit ...

    36 comments3 Apr 2012 -

  23. During the unveiling of the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, very few people knew about the unveiling of Apple's Watch. For simplicity and due to many Apple products, lets put an "i" in front of "Watch." Apple's i ...

    19 comments17 Jan 2015 -

  24. Hi, I am co-founder of a tech startup. We are currently looking to raise a seed amount. We have recently released the beta version and have received good reviews and press coverage (Mashable etc) Our problem is that we are located outside US and so fund r ...

    33 comments12 Feb 2013 -

  25. It's become clear to me that there are more than a few monkeys on WSO who wish to break the chains of finance and get involved in the startup scene. I know that it's always been a dream of mine to start a business of my own and pave my own way i ...

    41 comments24 Jan 2011 -

  26. What do you all think about starting your own Hedge Fund company in college? I am talking about some very very small amount (~20k) to start with (with only two people working on it). Wouldn't this be at least a good experience? If all else fails, it ...

    25 comments10 Oct 2016 -

  27. New firm: lehmanbrothe.rs

    Investment Banking

    http://lehmanbrothe.rs Just saw this start up out there trying to sully the Lehman name. From their website: "We are the other Lehman Brothers. You may not have heard of us, but you know us, that which has always been here, not in the board rooms of ...

    22 comments11 Jan 2015 -

  28. Let's play a guessing game. In 1998 he co-founded a firm with Max Levchin. Then started and managed his HF, Clarium Capital. In 2004, he angel invested in FB with a 10.2% stake as a VC. Who am I? For all of his success and wealth, not to mention a co ...

    18 comments9 Dec 2012 -

  29. Startup experience on resume

    Job Search Advice

    Would you consider having experience with a startup to be a positive on your resume when applying for finance jobs? I founded a startup that got funding and have it listed on my resume (I'm still the President). I work on it on my free time. I had a ...

    19 comments6 Oct 2016 -

  30. Lately I've been thinking about starting my own business. I have an idea. It would be a bricks-and-mortar business, so it would require some funding. I don't come from a rich family, nor do I have a substantial amount of money (<$2k). I' ...

    25 comments19 Jun 2011 -

  31. I have an interesting question for you guys and want to hear people's opinion on which path might be better. I have a feeling that everyone will say path 2 but just wanna throw it out there. The goal is to start a hedge fund in 5 years and lets assum ...

    27 comments19 Nov 2009 -

  32. I thought some of you guys would enjoy reading this article: http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html Graham seems to think that you need to be a pretty solid programmer to start a startup, which is a little depressing for people like myself. I'm curious ...

    23 comments22 Feb 2011 -

  33. Hey just hoping to get peoples thoughts on the pros and cons of a potential move. Currently have 2 opportunities: 1) IBD Associate at MM firm (Not my preferred location or top-tier firm) 2)COO of 2-year old healthcare company ($3M revenues in 2016, and ra ...

    12 comments18 Mar 2017 -

  34. Banking to Startup?

    Investment Banking

    my buddy from Goldman told me about this ny startup, yipit, that is looking to hire banking analysts for a data product analyst role.. basically the company aggregates all daily deals and in addition to a consumer facing business, they also sell their dat ...

    20 comments13 Jan 2012 -

  35. You made enough money to found your own start-up (a small one) and you now want to explore the world other than finance. You don't have any IBD, PE or consulting background, so you're not that strong in strategy. What are your options? IT? Engin ...

    15 comments27 Nov 2013 -

  36. Deleted. startup entrepreneur resume advice ...

    11 comments22 Jul 2016 -

  37. the startup

    Investment Banking

    I have the opportunity to start a tech company seeded by a partner at a large pe firm. I also have the opportunity to move to ibd from ER at my firm this summer. What do I do? I'm worried I will hate ibd. Yet there are risks associated with the start ...

    16 comments21 Dec 2010 -

  38. Part 1: here. Part 2: here. And now for the finale. Yes, the picture is a penguin with a blade riding a shark bear. #5: Integrate into the Community In most places around the world- possibly excluding Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, and Tel Aviv- the local s ...

    10 comments25 May 2015 -

  39. I'm going to be working abroad for a tech startup in Hong Kong, effective end of this month, for at least six months. Does anyone have experience or know of someone who went from a tech startup background/internship to IB /PE? I'm really interes ...

    11 comments10 Sep 2015 -

  40. Apple, Google, Facebook, they're all technology firms and pioneered transformative ways in how our society uses information. It seems that over the past 30 years such firms have seemingly grown out of super fertile soil or by some unidentified minera ...

    10 comments21 Oct 2012 -

  41. Startup: CEO vs. CFO?

    Private Equity

    Hey guys, Was talking to a friend at a BB and he mentioned that, after your banking stint, you could be the CFO of a startup. My understanding is that this is because you'd understand capital structures, accounting, would know how to model, etc. I th ...

    13 comments10 Dec 2010 -

  42. Has anyone ever heard of someone doing a path described in the title? I know Meg Whitman did consulting before working as an executive at Disney, Hasbro, Stride Rite, FTD before landing the CEO job at eBay. Is consulting--> CEO of a startup possible gi ...

    11 comments4 May 2014 -

  43. Hey all, Some of you may have seen my post/ama/whatever about being a VC intern here. I talked broadly about what the VC side of things is like, but I didn't go into much detail about the startup side of things. I've seen a fair amount of posts ...

    10 comments25 May 2014 -

  44. Shark Tank episode with Wharton alums

    Business School and GMAT

    I recently saw this episode on Hulu. Two guys presented a translation app to the shark tank panel. You pull out the app, press a button, and a live translator anywhere in the world is sourced to translate in real time. Cool idea but the overhead costs wou ...

    11 comments21 Jun 2013 -

  45. Hi there, Modifying a post on the 'get a job' section of the site, I'd like to get some information on the best way to get into consulting after working for ~2 years in a BD+Strategy role. I've been doing a little bit of soul searching ...

    12 comments17 Apr 2011 -

  46. I'm a freshman at a target, not very spectacular gpa (3.2-ish, though I expect it to go up). I go to school in a pretty hot area for IB activity, tho I'm going to be home this summer--where I live is pretty IB-dry. My goal is to land an IB inter ...

    12 comments27 Mar 2011 -

  47. Switch to Startup?

    Other Industries

    Hey Guys, I've been a longtime reader for over a year now, but I decided to finally make an account because I have some general career questions for you all. My background: good GPA, finance major, coming from a non-target with a strong alumni base i ...

    11 comments21 Aug 2012 -

  48. $100k for startup

    Investment Banking

    After I save up 100k, I want to leave the industry. I only have rudimentary programming skills so a tech start up without a developer won't work. I really want to start a something like a smoothie shop, but think it'll be too much. What viable s ...

    11 comments2 May 2012 -

  49. Startup tech jobs

    Other Industries

    What would be best to do for a sophomore summer if I hope to work for a startup after graduation? I'm a CS major. Continue working on a mobile app startup and launch mid summer or go for an internship at a F500 tech company? startup computer science ...

    10 comments27 Mar 2013 -

  50. I've been having discussions with a partner of a tech startup about coming on-board. They've made it clear they want me to work there. I'd be the 8th employee (5th if you exclude the 3 partners). What are early employees getting in terms of ...

    8 comments25 Feb 2016 -

  51. This is Part One of an interview with Derek Sutta, author of the ebook 'BlackJack Domination' which is a fully comprehensive and interactive guide to learning to count cards. Co-authored by an MIT wizard who has been the main inspiration for sev ...

    8 comments26 Sep 2012 -

  52. Is it legal to run your own start-up while working FT? I know sites like WSO were started by IBankers, but they are forums/information sites. What about sites that actually offer a product/service and charge for it? startup show me the money ...

    10 comments30 Jun 2010 -

  53. Recently I've been enamored with programming bootcamps (yes, they're a thing). Programming bootcamps are weeks-long programs that focus on getting you from newbie to junior developer in that time period. The best programs then turn your junior d ...

    8 comments6 Apr 2013 -

  54. To everyone with experience with start-ups- Can a start-up be done without a Tech co-founder? Our start-up will not fundamentally be a tech-based company, rather the web will simply a platform to deliver cheap, quality information relating to a certain se ...

    8 comments6 Feb 2012 -

  55. Hey, Anyone interested in a tech startup? We can get together for coffee/drinks over the weekend. Im based in West LA-- PM me startup tech Entrepreneurship Silicon Valley ...

    8 comments19 Oct 2011 -

  56. With tech (and consumer tech- iPhones, Social Media, Video/Music Content) becoming such a big thing in daily life, how do you know if you're truly interested in it rather than just being a part of a more tech-focused generation? I mean, you see TMT g ...

    7 comments20 Jan 2015 -

  57. Happy holidays everyone. ...

    7 comments27 Dec 2014 -

  58. I am new here, so thanks in advance for any help. I have done plenty of research, between LPs with LLCs as the GP, managing client accounts and being an IA. 3c1 and 3c7 funds, Private offerings, needing accredited investors, licensing, etc. I have also br ...

    7 comments29 Sep 2014 -

  59. And would you give up ibanking for some of the ones you name? For me mid-stage startups are the best: least risk, highest payoff. startup ...

    7 comments21 May 2014 -

  60. I have a couple opportunities I am pursuing that on which I could really use some input: 1) A large, established financial firm has a small equity fund it wants to build (other strategies are much larger). The team has been around for maybe 5 years and ma ...

    7 comments27 Feb 2013 -

  61. Startup Internship?--> IB?

    Investment Banking

    Hey all, Still looking for an internship in banking and its been pretty rough. I'm a sophomore at a non-target with highish GPA (3.7) in honors program as an econ major but also taking corp fin and investment analysis this semester and AMT training i ...

    7 comments16 Apr 2012 -

  62. startup after undergrad

    Private Equity

    working @ a startup w. TOP VC investors........ How does it look for MBA? potential VC? (would be for a finance role, reprots to CFO/CEO..150 people in organization, tech space) startup ...

    7 comments16 Nov 2010 -

  63. I have a few questions about my chances with consulting (and other) firms in this year's recruitment. First, I'll be a senior at a top 10 school, bad GPA (3.4 because I didn't do anything as a freshman), studying Industrial Engineering and ...

    7 comments21 Jul 2009 -

  64. I am meeting with venture capitalists early in December. I want to know if you could recommend literature, websites, contacts, or any helpful info in the development process of my tech startup. I know others have been where I have, and I would appreciate ...

    6 comments23 Nov 2014 -

  65. Hello everyone. Ill keep this short and sweet (the goal of Wall St am I right?) 10 months into an ER job (learning a ton, great job, intense boss though and hours obviously) Debating taking the CFA. I have all 4 certs already If so I would do CFA 1 in Jun ...

    5 comments7 Jul 2017 -

  66. I had a friend who was a second year IB analyst at Lazard who quit to go work as an account executive at Uber pulling in around 40k a year. It seems like a huge downgrade money wise and career wise but he enjoys his job and is at one of the hottest indust ...

    6 comments15 May 2014 -

  67. Have Unicorns Lost Their Magic?

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    From an article in The Economist magazine on November 28th, 2015 titled The Rise and Fall of the Unicorns. Valuations for private technology firms are increasing at a slower rate compared to six months ago. Analyst Fred Giuffrida, at Horsley Bridge, says ...

    5 comments13 Feb 2016 -

  68. Start up Help!

    Off Topic

    Lets say I have 5 friends who are willing to invest in my start up for a silent stake of my company. What is the best term options for me as a start up and the best term options for me if I were the investor? As the start up I can choose between giving re ...

    6 comments13 Oct 2011 -

  69. I'm finishing up my 2nd year in IBD at a bulge bracket investment bank. I have a few options: i) U.S. expansion role at an early stage international startup (seed level consumer app company with pretty much unknown presence in the U.S. market), ii) a ...

    5 comments22 Apr 2015 -

  70. Hello everyone, I have taken a posting hiatus since shifting paths from IB to starting my own venture. I am now returning on the off-chance someone might have insight into an impending problem (and because I am not sure where else to go for this). So to k ...

    4 comments13 Nov 2017 -

  71. I have been doing consulting work for a small boutique bank for the past few months and recently accepted a full time offer with them starting next week. So far I've built models for a sell-side deal and an equity offering and I have 2 years of exper ...

    5 comments24 Apr 2013 -

  72. Between PE advisory internships at a MM bank, M&A, at a MM bank, or just interning for another startup, what would be the best way to utilize my sophomore summer if I want to work for a startup right out of undergrad? private equity startup internship ...

    5 comments24 Feb 2013 -

  73. Startup or MBA

    Business School and GMAT

    Hey guys, So I'm in a bit of a dilemma. I've been offered a founder role (think CXO level) at a startup recently seed-funded by a top-tier VC which I think has decent prospects. At the same time, I've gotten into a couple of good b-schools ...

    5 comments16 Dec 2010 -

  74. Would you leave your familiar, management consulting job before hitting 2 years for a role at a fun, but risky, startup? Professional Situation: 1.5 years at a Tier 4 (if that's a tier) healthcare management consulting firm. The name of the firm carr ...

    4 comments6 Apr 2017 -

  75. I am in IB, but my friend is a VC analyst. He receives many pitches on a daily basis. We are in the beginning stages of a developing a startup on the side. There is 2 other direct competitors in the space currently, and they are both startups as well. My ...

    4 comments4 Jun 2014 -

  76. see topic startup ...

    4 comments20 Feb 2014 -

  77. Hi WSO, I have a friend who's a regular on this site. I was talking to him recently, and he said some pretty good things about this site and recommended that I seek advice here. (I wasn't quite sure where to post, so I made two threads, one in t ...

    4 comments16 May 2015 -

  78. Startup CFO from Cbanking?

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to ask for advice on my career path. I was spending some time tonight to write down some goals for myself for the next 10 years and wanted WSO to help me with the path. I've been working as a corporate banking analyst for almost ...

    4 comments27 Oct 2013 -

  79. E-Commerce Startup

    Off Topic

    A good friend of mine used to run a successful e-commerce business selling specialized electronic products to a very niche group of consumers. He was bought out of his ownership stake almost two years ago. His non-compete runs out in a couple of months an ...

    4 comments5 Mar 2013 -

  80. Technology and investment?

    Investment Banking

    Here is my predicament: I'm a college freshmen with a passion for investment and engineering. However, I have no interest in becoming a venture capitalist. I enjoy solving complex and multifaceted problems. I'm thinking about majoring in economi ...

    4 comments26 Dec 2012 -

  81. FP&A or similar roles for startups/growth stage?

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Are there typically roles that focus on managing the growth through financial analysis, dashboards, investor relations, fundraising, and similar strategic activities? I mainly see controller or CFO, and maybe outsourced book keeping in small companies, bu ...

    3 comments1 Jun 2018 -

  82. BB Operations vs. Start Up

    Other Industries

    Hey Guys, Posted this a few weeks ago, hoping for a few more opinions before I make my decision. I've been a longtime reader for over a year now, but I decided to finally make an account because I have some general career questions for you all. My ba ...

    3 comments30 Aug 2012 -

  83. Startup CFO on resume?

    Resume Advice

    In the process of trying to refine my resume I found myself at a standstill. I am a senior at a target university however I have no relevant work experience, except that I started a business last year. I am one of four founders and act as CFO and do maint ...

    3 comments8 Nov 2010 -

  84. Hi, I am a final year Economics undergrad student from a tier-1 university in India, currently interning with a fintech startup called Drip Capital- a very well funded trade finance startup that aims to solve the working capital woes of SME exporters in e ...

    2 comments28 Nov 2018 -

  85. Like most people, I have my own startup idea and it isn't tech. Keep in mind that around 90 something % of startups fail. The dilemma here is that college is the last free time we get before we enter the real world. I don't want to commit to sta ...

    2 comments14 Apr 2016 -

  86. Any people on this forum come from a more traditional WSO background (consulting/banking) and ended up in the startup space? I did consulting, some work in industry, and now work with some startups. Let's connect startup ...

    2 comments22 Apr 2015 -

  87. Hey guys, Can anyone suggest good resources to read about entrepreneurship? I'm interested in all kinds of it: ideas, management & legal issues, etc. Some blogs or books would be great as well. Thanks startup Entrepreneurship business ...

    2 comments10 Aug 2012 -

  88. What ways can I reject a tender offer as a minority shareholder of a startup company? startup ...

    2 comments27 Jan 2012 -

  89. Hi WSO, I have a friend who's a regular on this site. I was talking to him recently, and he said some pretty good things about this site and recommended that I seek advice here. (I wasn't quite sure where to post, so I made two threads, one in t ...

    2 comments26 Jan 2012 -

  90. Database of interview questions from Greensill Capital, as well as compensation figures...

    9 Feb 2019

  91. Hello everyone, I am working on some project and was wondering if you guys know what the general multiples for AI or tech startups is currently at for the startup industry? I would love it if anyone knows segmented by geography (e.g. Americas/U.S., Europe ...

    1 comment25 Dec 2018 -

  92. Title says it all. My favorite right now is Flaviar (sells high end liquors and tasting sets). What's yours? startup ...

    1 comment13 Jul 2018 -

  93. Hey guys, I'm a recent Ivy-grad (bio major) and worked as a business analyst in the industry related to my startup, but was in non-competitive categories. I quit my job only after six months in because I needed to travel abroad for an extended period ...

    1 comment9 Jul 2018 -

  94. Hello everyone, I've just graduated in business administration from a swiss university and I'm currently spending my gap year in Berlin (Germany) to learn the language since in September I'm moving to St. Gallen to pursue my further studies ...

    1 comment28 Jan 2018 -

  95. Lately I have been thinking of potentially creating a startup at some point. My only issue is that I cannot think of any really good ideas or markets to target. I would like to get some feedback on what would be some good markets to look at and then probl ...

    10 May 2017 -

  96. Canadianguru's blog Hey there.I am trying to start up a private airline in Africa with private jets(I will be catering to the elites) but the only problem is that I lack the necessary funding to buy the jets. There is a market for the type of product ...

    1 comment9 Apr 2016 -

  97. Startup Banker Says Hi

    New User Introductions

    Hello WSO Monkeys, et al. I'm based in the SF-bay area and worked in BB IBD before moving over to AM. Looking forward to bananas and shits. newbie startup banker hi New ...

    1 comment2 Feb 2017 -

  98. This is part two (see part one here) of an interview with Derek Sutta, author of the ebook 'BlackJack Domination' which is a fully comprehensive and interactive guide to learning to count cards. Co-authored by an MIT wizard who has been the main ...

    1 comment3 Oct 2012 -

  99. Originally thought my path would be B4 Audit---> IB-----> VC------> B-School-----> VC. I realize now that I don't want to stay in audit, and so I decided to get out as soon as I can rather than wait. I still want to attend a top B school ...

    1 comment11 May 2015 -

  100. Hi all, Would greatly appreciate some eyes on my revised resume. A bit of background: I graduated with a BBA two years ago from a Canadian business school, and joined a rotational program at one of the large Canadian telecom companies. I'm presently ...

    30 Jan 2015 -

  101. What is the difference between Investment banking firm specializing in Private placement VS. Brokerage firm who just try to connect an investor with a start-up and collect commission? Thanks startup Brokerage firm private placement investment-banking Sala ...

    1 comment27 Oct 2014 -

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