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The question of a startup’s valuation is not merely an academic one.
When business school professors are writing their WeWork case studies years from now, one of the biggest practical lessons may be this: WeWork should have taken far less money from SoftBank's Masayoshi Son. The plight of WeWork over the past several months has cast SoftBank in the role of mafia boss. As anyone who's watched a mafia movie knows, if you take money from the godfather, you better deliver. The irony is Neumann didn't really fail to deliver for Son. Sure, Neumann's quirks, and possible illegal activities, have cast him as an irresponsible CEO. Rather, Neumann failed to deliver for his employees and other investors by selling too much of WeWork to SoftBank at too unrealistic a price. Son's move against Neumann last month cost him his CEO job and will likely cost him his board seat. But American capitalism is a little different than the mafia.
WeWork is an American commercial real estate company that provides shared workspaces for technology startups and services for other enterprises. Founded in , it is headquartered in New York City. WeWork designs and builds physical and virtual  shared spaces and office services for entrepreneurs and companies. The Wall Street Journal noted that upon the release of its public prospectus in August , the company was "besieged with criticism over its governance, business model, and ability to turn a profit. In September , following mounting pressure from investors based on disclosures WeWork had made in its S-1 filing in preparation for a stock market listing IPO , company co-founder Adam Neumann resigned from his position as CEO and gave up majority voting control in WeWork. Amid growing investor concerns over its corporate governance, valuation, and outlook for the business, WeWork also formally withdrew its S-1 filing and announced the postponing of its IPO. What separates us, though, is community. WeWork investors as of included J.
In an earnings report for the fiscal year ending on March 31 released today , the Japanese bank noted that it had lowered the valuation owing mostly to the coronavirus pandemic. The Vision Fund invested in 88 startups and during an earnings presentation SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son said he expected about 15 of them to file for bankruptcy , with the bank not expecting to bail any out, Axios reported. WeWork dealt with a disastrous that included a failed initial public offering, losing its bombastic CEO and co-founder Adam Neumann and laying off thousands of workers. It nearly ran out of money until SoftBank swooped in with a multibillion-dollar bailout in October Some have threatened legal action against WeWork if it continues to collect the fees while many told Commercial Observer they plan to ditch WeWork all together. Neumann later filed a suit against SoftBank claiming it abused its power by pulling out of the tender offer. In an interview with Forbes last month, Son said he spent too much money on WeWork and put too much faith in Neumann. Skip to content. Power Finance Power Owners Magazine.