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When regulators took over Silicon Valley Bank, startups scrambled to make payroll

Original post made on Mar 17, 2023

A bank run that prompted the country's 16th largest bank to become insolvent was a shocking reality that many in the local tech industry have dealt with over the past week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 17, 2023, 1:14 PM

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Posted by Johnny Yuma
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 17, 2023 at 5:53 pm

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SVB executives must be held accountable. SVB chief executive Greg Becker sold $3.6 million worth of shares on February 27. He had to have known of the pending disaster. Earlier, Becker tried to get regulations weakened.

Currently, Becker is vacationing in Hawaii. The regulators must’ve been on vacation, too... If found guilty, executives like Greg Becker must do prison time. Serious prison time.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
19 hours ago

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"Fed was aware of Silicon Valley Bank problems more than a year before its collapse" - Web Link

"In all, the Fed cautioned the bank about its concerns on several occasions, ABC News confirmed.

In a 2021 review, the Fed identified significant vulnerabilities in the bank's containment of risk, but the bank did not rectify the weaknesses."

"Former Silicon Valley Bank CEO Greg Becker sat on the board of directors at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from January 2019 until the day of the bank's collapse on March 10."

Same old, same old.

"Inside the Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank - While its leader extolled innovation and the future of tech, the bank paid less attention to risk management and was caught flat-footed by economic change." - Web Link

"The tale of Silicon Valley Bank is one of ambition and management mistakes, of a chief executive who talked so much about innovation and the future that he and his lieutenants didn’t pay enough attention to the mundane but enormously important work of managing risk and ensuring financial prudence."

Obviously, collapse of any bank has dire consequences on those who lose $$$ as a result. The Fed / taxpayers are stepping in to protect depositers in this case. Keep in mind that those monies could have been used on some other useful project, such as paying for more affordable housing in Mountain View.

As long as no significant reforms are made in this area, banks are going to continue to press for deregulation for the simple reason that THEY MAKE MORE MONEY THAT WAY. If they win their bets, THEY KEEP THE WINNINGS. If they lose their bets, they get bailed out by Uncle Sam. This is only an acceptable solution for the investor class. This situation is going to keep happening until the public cries out for it to stop.

Local reporting seems oddly quiet on this.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
17 hours ago

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Reporting from the NYT about Gerry Tan's activities to shape public opinion on SVB's failure - Web Link .

"Some tried to combat the anti-tech perception that was bubbling up on social media. Over the weekend, Garry Tan, the president of the start-up incubator Y Combinator, sent a message to hundreds of founders and entrepreneurs telling them to begin posting “tweetstorms” to humanize the impact that Silicon Valley Bank’s failure was having on them.

The idea was to show how innovation could be stifled if depositors were not made whole, with the added benefit that more of those types of narratives would prevent some of the more outspoken “tech bro” venture capitalists and founders from becoming Silicon Valley’s faces of the situation.

“By coming together as a community and showing our strength, we can have an impact on the future of start-ups,” Mr. Tan wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times. He later posted an online petition to the government asking them “to save innovation in the American economy,” which was signed by more than 5,000 chief executives representing nearly half a million employees."

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