Venture Crapital

Venture Crapital


November 16, 2022

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Fraud prevention startup NS8 implodes as SEC investigates them for…. fraud

September 17, 2020

  It can’t get much more 2020 than this: Los Vegas based fraud prevention start-up, NS8, who just raised $123 million from the VC firm Lightspeed, just fired nearly everybody via an all hands Zoom meeting, and disclosed that they…


Memo to Robinhood traders: “Bankruptcy” usually means the equity gets wiped out

June 12, 2020

Quick primer on how it works, given Hertz is about to pull the world’s first Initial Bankruptcy Offering: The senior debt holders are first in line …


Thematic next-wave portfolio constructor Motif goes bust

April 19, 2020

Motif trading platform, which claimed to use data driven methodologies to enable the creation of thematic and “next-wave” portfolios (translation: they grep 10Q’s for keywords) has rather abruptly shut  down. Their own advisors heard about it via Twitter. Yes, it did come with %FIRSTNANE%, who cares I guess… — Hylland Capital (@HyllandCapital) April 18, 2020 They also had developed some  “next generation thematic ETFs” like “human evolution reimagined” (SPTX), which were launched by Goldman…


Siri: What is a “Unicorn circle jerk”?

April 15, 2020

Carta, a unicorn that makes dashboards for managing equity investments in other unicorns is laying off staff and sniffing out a cash injection from existing backers. Bloomberg reports that the company is seekng a $200 million investment from existing investors at a $3 billion valuation, up from 1.8B last year. Somewhat incongruent with the “growth story” picture that normally garners such a sharply higher round, Carta is laying off employees. They just axed 161 people…

AirBnB Pivots to “Virtual Experiences”, Lands $1 Billion  Down Round

AirBnB Pivots to “Virtual Experiences”, Lands $1 Billion Down Round

April 12, 2020

AirBnB, the tech unicorn that monetizes your spare room has been hit hard by the Coronavirus academic. As the company and the phenomenon grew, more and more “investors” levered up to buy more properties to rent out short term. Some becoming so-called “super-hosts”, running dozens or even hundreds of rental units. There even emerged a phenomenon, of “STR arbitrage“, which is Short Term Rental Arbitrage: taking out long term leases on properties you don’t own,…




Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 

The Canadian Bitcoiners

The Canadian Bitcoiners

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