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Apr
2017

Mad Catz delisted from NYSE, files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Peripheral maker Mad Catz has thrown in the towel after unsuccessfully scouring for (pick one), bank financing, an equity infusion or sale of assets. Apparently after enjoying a fairly solid business as a peripheral and game controller manufacturer during the  Playstation Era, the company tried to expand into publishing with an ill-fated JV with Harmonix to release Rock Band 4. The rest is, as they say, history, but in a more literal and fatalistic sense....

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31
Mar
2017

Amazon trashes diapers.com, soap.com et al

Amazon announced today that it will shutdown the entire Quidsi division, which it purchased for $545 million in 2010, citing lack of profitability. The Quidsi division included various retailers, replete with “category killing domain names” like diapers.com and soap.com.  

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7
Mar
2017

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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2
Mar
2017

#tangodown Lily Robotics

After collecting pre-orders from approximately 60,000 customers, autonomous camera drone maker Lily Robotics has declared bankruptcy and is shutting down. The company is looking for a buyer for it’s intellectual property and claims it will refund all pre-orders. Lily Robotics raised $15M in funding and took in over $38M in pre-order cash.

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2
Mar
2017

Ola raises $300 million in a down-round

India’s Uber-wanna-be for cabs, Ola capitulated and took $300 million from existing hostage investor, Softbank at a $3.5B valuations, after 6 months of unsuccessfully scouring for $500M at a $5B valuation. They’ve raised $1.2B to date.

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