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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Netpulse Garners $18,600,000 New Round
  • Company: Netpulse
  • Description: Netpulse provides an interactive media platform for fitness centers and active lifestyle consumers. The Netpulse platform enables a customizable entertainment experience that offers live HDTV, on-demand video and music, iPod/iPhone connectivity, personalized workout data and more.
  • Website: www.netpulse.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $18,600,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: The company plans to use the funds to further accelerate its rapid growth, advance development of its product platform, and introduce new integrations and services for both club operators and members.
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Sharethrough Secures $10,000,000 New Funding
  • Company: Sharethrough
  • Description: Sharethrough offers the only video distribution platform and network that ensures brand videos are both seen and shared by large numbers of viewers.
  • Website: www.sharethrough.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $10,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: In addition to funding European growth, the new funding will go towards expanding Sharethrough’s engineering and marketing teams.
  • Investors:

Datorama Receives $15,000,000 Series B Funding
  • Company: Datorama
  • Description: Datorama’s cross-channel marketing analytics platform enables marketers and agencies to finally understand which marketing efforts are working and which aren’t.
  • Website: www.datorama.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $15,000,000
  • Round: Series B
  • Purpose: While the company’s engineering team keeps growing, it will use the new investment primarily to staff up in sales and marketing as it continues to expand into new markets.
  • Investors: