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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Attentive.ly Secures $750,000 New Funding
  • Company: Attentive.ly
  • Description: Attentive.ly enables modern marketing teams to leverage rich social behavior data to personalize messaging and offers to their customers -- for up to 9x campaign conversion.
  • Website: www.attentive.ly
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $750,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors:

Zola Receives $2,599,999 Series A Funding
  • Company: Zola
  • Description: Zola provides an exciting new way for modern couples to register for homewares, kitchen equipment, furniture, food, bicycles, experiences, honeymoon funds and cash funds. Engaged couples can now create a fully customizable, beautiful registry with single checkout, and unique features for guests, such as group gifting.
  • Website: www.zola.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $2,599,999
  • Round: Series A
  • 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.
  • Investors:

Benu Networks Receives $27,700,000 New Financing Round
  • Company: Benu Networks
  • Description: Benu Networks is a Boston Area Startup Company focused on delivering next generation Networking and Wireless Communication products.
  • Website: www.benu.net
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $27,700,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed.
  • Investors: