SoftBank is back with another set of Microsoft Paint-level graphics

SoftBank shares startup projections through more of its entertaining charts

SoftBank is back with another set of Microsoft Paint-level graphics

Even if SoftBank disappoints its investors with its earnings, it has consistently done entertainingly well on one thing: earnings presentations with early-2000s formatting and Microsoft Paint-level Photoshopping, featuring graphs ending up and to the right.

The company lately decided to explain its projections around startups with more of its (in)famous charts during its earnings report Monday. Portfolio companies including ride-hailing company Uber and space-sharing company WeWork have struggled amid the coronavirus.

Here are a few startups galloping up a hill, fine as can be:

But suddenly, they come across a coronavirus trough:

One of the three survives, not as a unicorn, but as a flying pegasus—with no details on how exactly it plans to achieve that.

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The idea isn’t completely out of wack, even if the graphics are atypical of a multibillion corporation. Venture capital investors expect most startups to fail as long as one gold star rises to exceed losses. It’s just that few have gone as far as SoftBank, plowing nearly $100 billion into the space through such a short period of time—nor is it common for a single fund to take a near ETF-like approach to investing in competing companies, such as three competing Latin American food delivery companies. 

From inception to March 31, 2020, SoftBank’s losses are exceeding its gains. SoftBank’s Vision Fund portfolio has roughly 88 companies—and made money on 26 investments and marked down 47, according to the company, posting an unrealised loss of nearly $18 billion in the year to March.

The wider SoftBank Group meanwhile is shoring up cash: The telecom giant plans to sell billions of shares in Alibaba and is now reportedly in talks to sell part of its T-Mobile stake to controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom. Under pressure from Elliot Management, SoftBank has said it plans to sell as much as $41 billion in assets.

The new world order: The annual 500 list published today, and leading the FAANGs is Amazon. The e-commerce and cloud titan leapt past Apple and Exxon Mobil in the rankings to reach No.2 on the list—its highest ranking ever after revenues grew by some $48 billion during the year while Apple struggled with profits in China. 

But overtaking the leader on the list, Walmart, could take a few years yet if Amazon continues to grow at its pace. Walmart earned $524 billion in 2019 compared to Amazon’s $264.9 billion.

Uber meanwhile joined the list for the first time after debuting in public markets last year, ranking at No. 228.

People are lonely: And new social media players see an in. Gamer-centric chat startup Discord is reportedly seeking a fresh round of funding amid soaring demand that would value the company at above $3 billion, according to Bloomberg. Another red-hot though less-proven company, Clubhouse, is raising $10 million in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz, per Forbes. Both connect communities through spontaneous voice chat—and both are likely seeking to break out of their molds in order to grow in the mainstream. Discord, known for its gamer-centric base, is increasingly being used for dance classes or study groups. And while Clubhouse attracted the tech community early on, it is now apparently seeking celebrities to join.

Lucinda Shen
Twitter: @shenlucinda

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Charles Koch: How individual actions can make a difference during the coronavirus pandemic

Every person has a distinct ability they can apply to meet society’s needs.

Charles Koch: How individual actions can make a difference during the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has upended lives, shuttered businesses, and profoundly altered our expectations for the future. The situation is so overwhelming that individually we might feel powerless to make a difference. But America has always overcome challenges because seemingly ordinary people have risen to meet them.

This crisis is no different. The sum of our individual actions can create the innovation and momentum necessary for our country to come through this crisis stronger than before.

We all have a role to play. Finding yours depends on your unique talents and circumstances. The pandemic has given rise to many urgent needs, from food to medical equipment. Different people can creatively apply their distinct abilities to meet these needs. As they do, they will set an example for others to do the same. This can spur a virtuous cycle in which all of us continually increase and improve our efforts to help those around us.

Millions of people are already showing what’s possible. The medical professionals on the front lines of the pandemic. The grocery store workers who manage to keep a smile on their face as they ensure we have food to eat. The delivery drivers who stepped up when restaurants had to close their doors. Workers at factories critical to the supply chain. Law enforcement. Pharmacists. The list goes on. This is the best of America on full display.

My own perspective on the importance of individual initiative is partially shaped by my experience in business. At Koch Industries, each of our 130,000 employees has aptitudes and knowledge they can creatively apply in this crisis, and a large percentage are doing so. The same is true of companies in every industry.

A personal contribution can take many forms. It may be an employee finding a way to make machinery more efficient, enabling more consumer goods to be produced. It may involve a junior staffer making a suggestion that helps a small business remain open and its workers employed. Or it could mean running a laboratory experiment that brings us closer to a coronavirus treatment or cure. No action is too small; combined, they can make an enormous difference.

This is the reality behind every positive story coming out of businesses now. Behind clothing companies like Gap and Eddie Bauer shifting their production lines to make masks and paint manufacturers like True Value making hand sanitizer are the suggestions and efforts of people motivated to contribute. In countless industries, if you look beneath the surface you will find people of all backgrounds applying their unique skills to make a difference.

These examples show how meaningful each of our actions can be when directed to solving the pressing problems around us. Your opportunity could be through the workplace or in the neighborhood. Maybe it’s in your church or at a local charity. Wherever it is, and whatever it may be, it’s just a matter of finding where you can help the most.

We all urgently need to find our role. Given the widespread damage wrought by the coronavirus, our task will be daunting. But so were the challenges faced and overcome by those who preceded us. If we each dedicate ourselves to where we can best contribute, we can do the same, and come through this crisis even stronger than we were before.

Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries and founder of the philanthropic community Stand Together.

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