Does a “‘seismic shift’ in investor sentiment” really mean a ‘seismic shift’ in Softbank sentiment?

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No investment firm has been as talked about in Silicon Valley as SoftBank — the mere utterance of which can send tremors down the spines of rival firms or the competitors to SoftBank’s portfolio companies. It is behind the (unprofitable) tech companies familiar to so many of us: Uber. Slack. WeWork. DoorDash.[1]

Historically—I don’t know if this remains the case—Softbank has been Uber’s biggest investor.[2] So now I’m wondering if, when Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi referred to a “‘seismic shift’ in investor sentiment,”[3] he might actually have been referring to Softbank, which, with high tech industry stocks falling, seems headed for some investor pain.[4]

Jacky Wong, “SoftBank’s Tech Boom Goes Bust—Again,” Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2022,

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  1. [1]Theodore Schleifer, “SoftBank, the most powerful — and controversial — tech investor in Silicon Valley, explained,” Vox, May 10, 2019,
  2. [2]Theodore Schleifer, “SoftBank, the most powerful — and controversial — tech investor in Silicon Valley, explained,” Vox, May 10, 2019,
  3. [3]Reuters, “Uber to cut costs, slow down hiring, CEO tells staff,” May 9, 2022,
  4. [4]Jacky Wong, “SoftBank’s Tech Boom Goes Bust—Again,” Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2022,

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