Why SoftBank's risk-loving bets are maybe what the world needs (and other top stories of the day)

Following the recent WeWork debacle, Japanese investment firm SoftBank is suddenly finding itself under scrutiny for its audacious bets.

5th Nov 2019
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Following the recent WeWork debacle, Japanese investment firm SoftBank is suddenly finding itself under scrutiny for its audacious bets on disruptive tech startups across the globe. Read more about how SoftBank looks at growth investing and why its audacious, risk-loving bets on disruptive tech startups may just be what the world needs in this special, in-depth piece by YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma.


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