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VENTURE CAPITALISTS INVEST IN SOMALI PIRATES

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VENTURE CAPITALISTS INVEST IN SOMALI PIRATES

VENTURE capitalists in New York and London are pumping millions of dollars into Somalia’s booming pirate sector.

Personnel issues are now dealt with via mentoring and third-party arbitration
The sharp-eyed investors say Indian Ocean piracy has replaced Bangladeshi t-shirt factories as the developing world’s strongest source of high-growth revenue streams.

Julian Cook, head of strategy at Porter, Pinkney and Turner (PPT), said: “The margins are very impressive. These guys can board a Chinese freighter or Saudi oil tanker and turn it around in less than a week. Usually without killing anyone.

Source:
VENTURE CAPITALISTS INVEST IN SOMALI PIRATES
Daily Mash, November 2008

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1405&Itemid=59

Category: BP Cafe, Markets, Venture Capital

The Air Car

Category: Energy, Technology, Venture Capital

Soon to be worthless: Nielsen Net Ratings and comScore Media Metrix

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Financial Press, Venture Capital, Web/Tech, Weblogs

R&D: The current state of affairs

Category: Corporate Management, Earnings, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

Old Stars Don’t Lead New Bulls

Category: Corporate Management, Earnings, Investing, Markets, Psychology, Venture Capital

Burst.com v. Microsoft

Category: Film, Finance, Music, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

MalWare Investors

Ben Edelman is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a student at the Harvard Law. He is more than annoyed at spyware.

Ben has been fairly active tracking the activities of spyware companies. While most of us merely whine about the pathetic weasels who put out this technogarbage (along with making an occasional anonymous death threat), he has actually done something productive about it.

His site is a rich resource for "Research, Testing, Legislation, and LawSuits". More recently,  Ben created a page that:

"lists major US companies in the spyware business as I define it (tracking and/or collecting sensitive information, either without notice and consent or without meaningful notice and informed consent), along with the investors who have provided these companies with, by my count, at least $139 million of venture funding."

In other words, a list of the VCs who gave money to Malware firms. I wonder how many partners know that they are investors who fund and support Spyware? Let’s hope they apply pressure to their general partners to stop them, and cut the funding off at the source. 

I like the idea a lot. Nothing like a little sunshine on bad corporate/VC activity to influence some behavioral modifications.

Source:
Investors Supporting Spyware
Ben Edelman
http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/investors/

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Category: Venture Capital