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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Autopilot Lands $7,000,000 New Funding
  • Company: Autopilot
  • Description: Autopilot is the new standard in multi-channel marketing automation. Built as a platform for teams, hundreds of companies choose Autopilot to create, launch, iterate and track all of their marketing campaigns to drive top-line revenue. Autopilot is smarter, faster and removes the bottlenecks seen in traditional marketing automation solutions.
  • Website: www.autopilothq.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $7,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Autopilot aims to fill the void between basic email software and complex marketing software designed for the tech elite, and will use the new financing to transform every business with powerful customer journeys.
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Fuisz Media Secures $10,000,000 Series A Round
  • Company: Fuisz Media
  • Description: Fuisz Media makes video interactive anywhere at scale. With Fuisz, you can engage directly with the products, people, and scenes in a video to discover, share, or purchase.
  • Website: www.fuiszmedia.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $10,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The company will use the funding to expand the capabilities of its platform and expand partnerships with social networks, with plans to hire staff on both product and sales teams.
  • Investors:

Jun Group Receives $28,000,000 New Funding
  • Company: Jun Group
  • Description: Jun Group has been a leader in social video since 2005. We’re privately held, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Our clients are Fortune 500 brands, major entertainment companies, and media agencies.
  • Website: www.jungroup.com
  • Type: Debt
  • Amount: $28,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: The relationship, which represents Jun Group's first institutional partnership, will allow the company to accelerate a number of growth initiatives.
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