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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uBeam Obtains $10,000,000 Series A Round
  • Company: uBeam
  • Description: uBeam beams electricity through the air to charge all of your portable electronics remotely and wirelessly. It’s like Wi-Fi for energy.
  • Website: www.ubeam.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $10,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The capital will be used to expand the engineering team and accelerate product development.
  • Investors:

6Qube Secures $100,000 New Funding
  • Company: 6Qube
  • Description: 6Qube is a leader in internet marketing software and services providing technology before sales to produce results quickly and cost effectively for businesses of all sizes.
  • Website: www.6qube.com
  • Type: Debt
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: The debt funding from Lighter Capital – which was secured in a total of 19 days – will enable 6Qube to grow without adversely impacting the company’s cash flow.
  • Investors:

HouseLens Lands $2,000,000 Series A Financing Round
  • Company: HouseLens
  • Description: HouseLens is the nation's largest provider of full-motion walk-through video tours for real estate listings. We also produce agent bios, brokerage videos, and other real estate video marketing solutions.
  • Website: www.houselens.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $2,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The funding will help HouseLens move into additional U.S. real estate markets, as well as expand its product line.
  • Investors: