Molto interessante è la spiegazione di cosa sia andato storto nell’investimento in WeWork:
“In 2014, we made a small private investment in this upstart provider of amenity-rich office space that, unfortunately, has since caused us outsized headaches and disappointments. Explicit in our investment was an understanding with WeWork’s management that they would slow the company’s blistering pace of growth and focus instead on developing a more sustainable business strategy. They took our advice for a few months, but new investors soon arrived who convinced management to put its foot back on the accelerator.
Massive losses soon followed, but the CEO promised profitability was just over the horizon. We did not take him at his word, and we communicated to WeWork’s management and board our displeasure with its eroding corporate governance. In 2017 and again in 2019, we sold stock in tenders totaling about 16% of our shares and 50% of our initial investment. We also had a tentative deal to sell our remaining shares to a large investor in early 2019. Unfortunately, WeWork’s management had to approve the transaction, and they refused. In the wake of intense public scrutiny, WeWork abandoned its IPO plans this fall, leaving our remaining shares worth a fraction of their earlier valuation.
While it’s possible that WeWork’s new management will improve operations somewhat, we are ready to declare this a terrible investment. […] In short, we believe the WeWork debacle was an error in judgment, not in process.”