Pilot smbs 100m Expeditions Whale Rock

The rock fall on July 10, 1996, in Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park, California, had remarkable effects in comparison to other rock falls.

On the talus slope above Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley’s eastern portion, two large rock chunks crashed down from a cliff 665 metres high southeast of Glacier Point around 14 seconds apart.

Seismographs located as far away as 200 kilometres were able to detect the two hits.

The rock falls themselves didn’t cause much damage to the region around the Happy Isles Nature Center.

Pilot smbs 100m Expeditions Whale Rock

But the airblast and abrasive dense sandy cloud they created caused widespread destruction downslope from the impact sites.

The airblast, with speeds greater than 110 m/s, knocked over or snapped about a thousand trees in the immediate area downslope from the hits.

Outside of the Happy Isles Nature Center, wind velocity snapped or toppled big trees, resulting in one death and several serious injuries.

As the airblast dissipated, it left behind a thick sand cloud that sandblasted the tree trunks that had fallen and the ones that had been left standing.

Only a few of rock falls, including the one on the Happy Isles, are known to have produced an airblast and abrasive dense sandy fog.

Pilot Raised a $100 Million Funding Round and Hedge Fund Whale Rock Capital

Enterprise launching an accounting division With the support of Silicon Valley investors like Jeff Bezos.

Pilot was able to secure capital to further its mission of facilitating the outsourcing of administrative work for small firms.

This week, the San Francisco-based firm raised $100 million, bringing its total funding to $120 million and its valuation to $1.2 billion.

Sequoia and Index Ventures joined Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions in leading the investment.

Previous investors in Pilot include Stripe co-founders Patrick and John Collison, as well as former VMware CEO Diane Greene.

Waseem Daher, co-founder and CEO, completed an internship at Amazon 16 years ago. Both companies were acquired; Dropbox for storage and Oracle for database management.

He compared Pilot’s situation to a challenge met by Amazon Web Services: enabling programmers to concentrate on making money rather than worrying about where to put it.

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Bezos Expeditions, Jeff Bezos’ personal investment fund, and Whale Rock Capital, an investment firm, led the $100 million Series C funding round for the US accounting company Pilot.

Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures, and Authentic Ventures were among the other investors who took part in this round. The startup’s valuation has increased by 100%, to $1.2 billion, thanks to the cash.