SoftBank’s unicorn hunter: How billionaire Masa Son is shaking up Silicon Valley by Seth Fiegerman

TL;DR - Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank is changing venture capital with a massive influx of cash, for better or worse.

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Tags - notable investors, softbank, international, startup valuations

Questions addressed:

  • Who is Masayoshi Son?
  • What is SoftBank’s approach to early-stage funding?
  • How has this impacted the rest of the venture capital ecosystem?

Summary:

  • Masayoshi Son founded SoftBank in the 1980s and has had both incredible successes and large failures since then.
  • The main vehicle for his current ambitions is the $100B Vision Fund.
  • Today SoftBank is under fire for providing the cash to allow unprofitable companies to continue to grow.
  • SoftBank is also accused of inflating internet startup valuations.

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