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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Freshdesk Lands $50,000,000 New Funding Round
  • Company: Freshdesk
  • Description: Freshdesk is your answer to today's customer support needs. With Freshdesk there is nothing to download or install - you don't have to babysit your helpdesk or worry about server upgrades and patches. You focus on providing a great support experience to your customers and leave the rest to Freshdesk.
  • Website: www.freshdesk.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $50,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: The new round of funding will help the company further invest in its products and scale to meet fast-growing demand for its Freshdesk and Freshservice support platforms.
  • Investors:

MyTime Secures $9,300,000 Series B Funding
  • Company: MyTime
  • Description: MyTime is the convenient new way to find and book open appointments online. We let you book appointments for everything on your to-do list, from Acupuncture to Yoga instruction, all in one place. We also give you access to third-party ratings and reviews right on our site.
  • Website: www.mytime.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $9,300,000
  • Round: Series B
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors:

Vessel Receives $57,500,000 New Funding Round
  • Company: Vessel
  • Description: We've been busy building a service whose mission is to delight consumers and content creators alike. Though we still have more work to do at Vessel, we want to share this brief update and reach out to the creator community. If you are a content creator, particularly a video content creator, we should talk!
  • Website: www.vessel.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $57,500,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors: