Vision Fund

Arm’s gains are SoftBank’s gains

Not so long ago, things were looking bleak for SoftBank, the investment holding company headed by eclectic — and controversial — tech mogul Masayoshi Son. The Vision Fund, SoftBank’s

WeWork’s bankruptcy is proof that its core business never actually worked

Did WeWork's business ever make sense? To answer that question, we'll go over its S-1 filings, its SPAC deal and early earnings reports.

SoftBank is getting its investing mojo back

Frankly, we deserve some adventurous venture capital after so many monhts of dreary conversations about cash flow.

General Atlantic buys out SoftBank’s 15% stake in edtech Kahoot, now valued at about $152M vs the $215M SoftBank ponied up 2 years ago

SoftBank’s retreat from its past investing exuberance continues apace. This morning, Kahoot, the Norwegian startup that provides a popular platform for people to build and use education-focused

Stockholm’s EQT Growth closes $2.2B to fund scaling European startups like Vinted, Mambu and Epidemic Sound

The days of European startups relocating to the U.S. if they want to grow (and raise money to do so) have been receding in the rearview mirror for a while now, so much so that even in these leaner tim

Losses at SoftBank’s Vision Funds have consumed nearly all their historical gains

The Vision Fund was always a funded vision; today we learned just how cloudy that perspective is proving.

How to lose money, SoftBank edition

Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest and most interesting technology, startup and market news. This morning was a fun mix of stuff that we don’t always get to, so strap in for the foll

SoftBank cautions longer startup winter because unicorn founders are unwilling to cut valuations

Masayoshi Son, founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group, which reported a quarterly loss of more than $23 billion, is worried that the funding winter for startups may continue for longer. The 64-

Weee! delivers second big funding round in a year, this time backed by SoftBank

This new monster round comes about a year after another big fundraise of $316 million in Series D financing.

Clikalia clicks on $86M to expand its iBuyer marketplace across Europe and Latin America

Companies like Opendoor opened the door to a new way of buying and selling properties by inserting a strong middle player who could buy houses or apartments and redevelop them at scale, and then sell

African tech took center stage in 2021

Two years ago, the African tech ecosystem saw newfound attention from global players that translated to the continent’s best year of receiving venture capital. From varying sources, it is estimated

UK’s Atom Learning picks up $25M from SoftBank for an AI-based online learning platform aimed at elementary school-aged students

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new chapter for virtual learning, giving a boost of attention to existing tools and spurring the creation of new services and use cases as students of all ages were

Balderton closes $600M fund, its biggest yet earmarked for early-stage investments

Funding for European startups is at a record-high so far for this year, with €73.7 billion raised in the first three quarters, and the full year on track for more than 8,000 deals, according to rese

How China’s regulatory crackdown whomped Vision Fund 1’s returns

In essence, Chinese regulatory action is harming the value of a U.S. stock, which is bringing down the value of a Japanese investment fund, which raised most of its capital from the Middle East.

Sendcloud nabs $177M led by SoftBank to double down on SaaS — shipping as a service

E-commerce has undoubtedly seen a huge boost in growth in the last year and a half of COVID-19 living, with people turning to the web and apps to shop for essentials and not-so-essentials to keep thei

Sendoso nabs $100M as its corporate gifting platform passes 20,000 customers

Corporate gift services have come into their own during the COVID-19 pandemic by standing in as a proxy for other kinds of relationship-building activities — office meetings, lunches and hosting

VCs unfazed by Chinese regulatory shakeups (so far)

Slightly falling quarterly venture capital totals and a notable decline in unicorn formation does not a startup winter make. So let’s look at what's happened more recently.

Mark Cuban-backed Eterneva raises $10M to turn your loved one’s ashes into diamonds

The loss of a loved one is perhaps one of the most traumatic things a person can experience. When it comes to memorializing someone after their death, most people think of planning funerals and/or pic

Equity Monday: China hates crypto, and the Vision Fund’s vision lives on

Our live show is this week! And we're very excited about it! It's free, of course, so swing by and hang with us.

SoftBank-backed construction giant Katerra said to be shutting down after raising billions

After burning through more than $2 billion in funding, SoftBank-backed construction startup Katerra has told employees that it will be shutting down operations, according to a report in The Informatio
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