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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Workpop Receives $7,000,000 Series A Funding Round
  • Company: Workpop
  • Description: Our mission is to help everyone find a job they love. Our mission starts with supporting the health and happiness of our own employees and their families. We offer great salaries, generous equity offers, healthy meals, family friendly outings and encourage our team members to take the time they need for parental and/or personal needs.
  • Website: www.workpop.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $7,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors:

Chobolabs Receives $1,300,000 Seed Round
  • Company: Chobolabs
  • Description: Chobolabs is developing a platform shooter that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat. That's going to make you sweat. That presents the kind of challenge that skilled hardcore gamers crave for. Copying game designs from PCs and consoles doesn't work. Mobile demands original thinking.
  • Website: www.chobolabs.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $1,300,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors:

ClassPass Garners $12,000,000 Series A Funding
  • Company: ClassPass
  • Description: ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more accessible. Since launching in early 2013, ClassPass has facilitated over 60,000 reservations at 1,000+ different classes in the New York market.
  • Website: www.classpass.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $12,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The company has grown from four full-time employees to 40 currently, with more hires in the wings.
  • Investors: