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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trueAnthem Receives $1,600,000 New Funding Round
  • Company: trueAnthem
  • Description: Social sharing is good. Social influencing is better. Our platform helps you harness the power of influence and earned media to drive real results.
  • Website: www.trueanthem.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $1,600,000
  • 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:

Xtera Communications Garners $7,220,251 New Round
  • Company: Xtera Communications
  • Description: Xtera Communications makes long-haul fiber-optic transmission equipment used for both terrestrial and undersea transport. Its Nu-Wave systems increase the bandwidth capability of fiber-optic strands, making converged voice and data communications possible. The company serves wholesale carriers and service providers such as FLAG Telecom.
  • Website: www.xtera.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $7,220,251
  • 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:

Varsity News Network Obtains $3,700,000 New Funding
  • Company: Varsity News Network
  • Description: VNN’s athletics platform automatically updates your schedules, game results, articles, photos, forms, and alerts as you work on the things you already do everyday.
  • Website: www.varsitynewsnetwork.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $3,700,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors: