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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Elance-oDesk Obtains $30,000,000 New Financing Round
  • Company: Elance-oDesk
  • Description: As the world's leading platform for online employment, Elance-oDesk helps businesses hire and manage in the cloud. For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance-oDesk offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online and provides the tools to hire, view work as it progresses and pay for results.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $30,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
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Scripted Garners $8,799,990 Series E Funding
  • Company: Scripted
  • Description: At Scripted, we hang our hat on imagination, and we believe that when it comes to grabbing the public's attention and holding it, what you say is second only to how you say it. And how you say it is where we excel.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $8,799,990
  • Round: Series E
  • 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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Experiment Engine Receives $1,000,000 Seed Financing
  • Company: Experiment Engine
  • Description: Experiment Engine is an an A/B testing platform backed by a marketplace of designers and conversion rate experts who get paid when they make businesses more money.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $1,000,000
  • Round: Seed
  • Purpose: Experiment Engine will use the funds to expand the conversation optimization platform and drive sales/marketing initiatives.
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