What went wrong at Social Capital?

What went wrong at Social Capital?

“Social Capital arrived in Silicon Valley seven years ago with a charismatic co-founder, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya who also owns a piece of the Golden State Warriors. It raised more than $1 billion and made early bets on companies like Slack.” …and then it all went to shit. This Axios article tracks the implosion. (Sometimes I think by building a real company that actually has a real service and a customer base for 20…

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Answers.com files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Answers.com files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Answer Corp, parent company to Answers.com has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a maneuver to jettison close to half-a-billion in debt. Top creditors are: Yahoo, Inc. with an unsecured claim of $545,209.34. Taboola, Inc. with an unsecured claim of $411,754.97. Facebook with an unsecured claim of $295,000. Don Morrison, former vice president of Foresee, with a severance claim of $217,000. Amazon Web Services, Inc. with an unsecured claim of $200,000. This on the heels…

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Peak Hosting drops basket with big golden egg, files for bankruptcy

Peak Hosting drops basket with big golden egg, files for bankruptcy

Oregon data center Peak Hosting has retreated from a “massive growth trajectory” and has laid off three quarters of its workforce (peaked at 200 f/t employees, now down to 50) and filed for bankruptcy after losing it’s biggest customer: mobile gaming company Machine Zone. The lost client was worth a reported $4 million/month in lost revenues.  

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Violin Memory posts 20M+ quarterly loss (again…and again…)

Violin Memory posts 20M+ quarterly loss (again…and again…)

Publicly traded memory maker Violin Memory (VMEM) has posted another quarterly loss in excess of $20M (this is the third or fourth in a row), begging TheRegister to wonder aloud “can they avoid a trainwreck?” Keep in mind, the market cap of the entire company is $36M, which means they are successively putting up quarterly losses worth roughly 2/3 the company’s market cap. This, after 7 funding rounds totalling $187M, their Series D valued them at…

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