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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LeadCloud Secures $1,000,000 Series A Financing
  • Company: LeadCloud
  • Description: The LeadCloud Platform is the first Transparent Lead Marketplace for Lead Buyers to Diversify, Optimize, and Manage leads from one single point of integration. Done in a uniquely transparent way, our partners work directly with each other on deal making and can forget about any data integration requirements.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $1,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The company intends to use the funds for additional platform development and strategic sales and marketing program development.
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Algorithmia Lands $2,400,000 Seed Funding Round
  • Company: Algorithmia
  • Description: Algorithmia was born in 2013 with the goal of advancing the art of algorithm development, discovery and use. As developers ourselves we believe that given the right tools the possibilities for innovation and discovery are limitless.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $2,400,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: The company plans to use that capital to hire engineers to build out its algorithm library and to add more cloud platforms to its infrastructure.
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Healthsense Lands $7,286,504 New Financing Round
  • Company: Healthsense
  • Description: Healthsense, based in Mendota Heights, MN, is a market leader in providing technology solutions for the future of aging services. Healthsense offers completely integrated systems based on a standard Wi-Fi platform for Personal Emergency Response Systems, Wi-Fi wireless nurse call and remote safety and wellness monitoring.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $7,286,504
  • 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.
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