Thus we are an economy of taste by default, so it’s about time some startup owned the taste graph. TastemakerX has the potential to be that startup, with its “stock market for bands” app allowing music snobs to build cred based on their early on talent-spotting. Like an Empire Avenue for the rock star-obsessed, TastemakerX lets you buy and sell shares in burgeoning musicians, earning “Notes,” or virtual currency which in turn let you buy more shares.
— I know that this reads like a parody of Silicon Valley folly but if this straight-faced TechCrunch article (headline: “‘Stock Market For Music Hipsters’ TastemakerX Hits Beta In Time For Coachella”) is to be believed, this is, in fact, a real product. I bet Carles is kicking himself right now for not coming up with this first.