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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ChoiceStream Obtains $7,500,000 Series B Funding Round
  • Company: ChoiceStream
  • Description: ChoiceStream develops personalization solutions for online consumer services, search services, e-retailers and iTV providers. Relied on by the world's largest online services providers, including AOL, ChoiceStream's patent-pending technology helps companies increase customer retention and drive sales by automatically delivering the most relevant content and products to each consumer.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $7,500,000
  • Round: Series B
  • Purpose: This funding will be used to expand ChoiceStream’s programmatic platform by further investing in our survey-based targeting, dynamic creative, and audience insights capabilities.
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VidAngel Secures $600,000 New Round
  • Company: VidAngel
  • Description: VidAngel gives families a larger library of good content to choose from without compromising your family standards.
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  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
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