The Black Swan is one of my favorite books, if only because it proves the absurdity and unpredictability of life. It ratified something I had suspected for many years: Nobody has any idea what's going to happen next. Take the volcano ash, for example. I don't imagine a lot of people this week thought  that they could wake up on Thursday to find that a large volcanic eruption in Iceland had pretty much shut down most air travel in Europe... and that it might extend through the weekend. Just like  CEO of Bear Stearns played golf, having no clue that his company could be vaporized in a matter of days. Whoops! Yes, Nassim Nicholas Taleb is onto something. Black Swans happen all the time! So let's review the strange and unpredictable things that are happening on this news day:
This entry was posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 14:59 pm and is filed under Macro.
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Calient Technologies Lands $14,749,343 New Funding Round
  • Company: Calient Technologies
  • Description: Calient Technologies is a leading provider of intelligent, photonic switching systems and software that help service providers scale their networks for expanding bandwidth demands and deliver new wavelength services.
  • Website: www.calient.net
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $14,749,343
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed. SEC regulatory filing. Contact technology company for investment details, if applicable. Not an offer or solicitation for sale of securities.
  • Investors:

Aryaka Obtains $16,000,000 New Financing
  • Company: Aryaka
  • Description: Aryaka delivers cloud-based application acceleration and WAN optimization with true business results.
  • Website: www.aryaka.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $16,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Most of the new money will be used to build sales and marketing in response to what the company says is rapidly growing demand.
  • Investors:

Kitchenbowl Lands $1,000,000 Seed Funding Round
  • Company: Kitchenbowl
  • Description: Kitchenbowl is a place to showcase your kitchen creations and inspire one another. It's a collaborative photo cookbook, authored by people you trust. As an early adopter, you'll have the chance to be featured, grow your fan base, and be heard in the community. Download Kitchenbowl today!
  • Website: www.kitchenbowl.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $1,000,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors: