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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LiveAuctioneers Secures $47,600,000 New Round
  • Company: LiveAuctioneers
  • Description: LiveAuctioneers brings an international audience of millions to the heart of the bidding action in art, antiques, jewelry and collectibles auctions across the globe.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $47,600,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: This investment is one of the largest financing events for a technology-enabled auction marketplace and will enable the company to make deep investments in talent, product innovation, marketing, international expansion and acquisitions.
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Accompani Garners $15,000,000 Series B Financing Round
  • Company: Accompani
  • Description: At Accompani, we are evolving the future of relationship intelligence. Our platform integrates with your email, contacts, social feeds and more to keep you ingeniously informed on your professional connections at all times, turning your network into a constant stream of opportunity.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $15,000,000
  • Round: Series B
  • Purpose: Accompani will use the investment to expand its team and accelerate development of its eponymous relationship intelligence platform.
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HONK Lands $1,800,000 Seed Financing Round
  • Company: HONK
  • Description: HONK is the on-demand mobile app for tow, tire change, jump start, fuel and lock out services nationwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. HONK’s faster ETAs and Guaranteed Never to Exceed prices, which start at just $49 without membership fees or limitations, offer motorists an alternative to outdated membership-based motor clubs.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $1,800,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
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