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Boston power has been sold three times, Softbank doesn't want to continue burning money

2020-11-10 13:57:16 InfoQ

{"type":"doc","content":[{"type":"blockquote","content":[{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Beijing time. 11 month 10 Japan , According to the news agency , Softbank group is in talks , It's going to turn robot maker Boston power (Boston Dynamics) To Hyundai Motor Company ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" The day before the news was sent , Softbank released 2020 Second quarter of (4-9 month ) results . Results show that , Softbank's various indicators in this fiscal quarter have exceeded market expectations ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" For Softbank, which has been losing money for a long time , It's good news ."}]}]},{"type":"heading","attrs":{"align":null,"level":2},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Boston's momentum changed again , Softbank doesn't want to keep burning money "}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Bloomberg quoted people familiar with the matter as saying , Softbank group is considering selling Boston power to Hyundai Group of Korea . Some people said , If a deal is reached , Boston might be motivated by 10 $100 million sale ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Hyundai has responded so far , Express :“ Various investments are being explored 、 Opportunities for cooperation .” Boston's dynamic side says :“( Our work ) Can continuously stimulate the interest of partners , Let them build deeper business relationships with the company .”"}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" For Boston power , This is the third time “ prostitution ” 了 ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" The early Boston power was a mechanical design for the U.S. military , The best known quadruped robot ( Or called “ Robot dog ”) In fact, it's also a product for the military . But all along , Boston Dynamics has no real destination .1992 year , Boston power comes from MIT Separate , Keep running independently ;2013 Acquired by Google in ,2017 Google sold it back to Softbank group ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" It's not so much Boston power as business , It's more like a research institution . The robots it's working on are really advanced , There are also a variety of amazing products and demo videos released , But these products are still only available in the laboratory , It's not really functional ,"},{"type":"text","marks":[{"type":"strong"}],"text":" So the company hasn't made a profit yet "},{"type":"text","text":"."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"image","attrs":{"src":"https:\/\/constatic.geekbang.org\/infoq\/5faa107fda790.png?imageView2\/0\/w\/800","alt":"image","title":null,"style":null,"href":null,"fromPaste":true,"pastePass":false}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Although Boston power has put its robot dog Spot Officially open for sale , But each one is about RMB 5 The price of 10000 yuan is really hard for most people to bear , most important of all , In addition to the fact that some enthusiasts buy it for research , Few ordinary people will buy it ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" The research and development cycle of robot technology is generally long , And Boston power focuses on the two legs that are more difficult to develop \/ The field of quadruped robots , Constant investment in research without return , This is unacceptable to any investment institution , Google does , So is Softbank . therefore , It's no surprise that Boston power has been sold so often , And whether its suspected next Hyundai can hold the dish , It depends on time to test ."}]},{"type":"heading","attrs":{"align":null,"level":2},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" It took so long , Softbank finally made money "}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Back to Boston power sellers —— Softbank group ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" The latest financial report released yesterday showed that , Softbank second quarter net sales 2.63 Trillions of yen ( renminbi 1669.8 One hundred million yuan ), Year-on-year growth 3.6%, Net profit 1.88 Trillions of yen ( renminbi 1196 One hundred million yuan ), Year-on-year increase 346.7%."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"image","attrs":{"src":"https:\/\/constatic.geekbang.org\/infoq\/5faa107f53b3e.png?imageView2\/0\/w\/800","alt":"image","title":null,"style":null,"href":null,"fromPaste":true,"pastePass":false}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Besides , Softbank also disclosed the specific number of investment projects of vision Fund . By 2020 Second quarter of , The first phase of vision fund has been carried out 83 Investment , The total cost is up to 750 Billion dollars , The second phase of vision fund has been carried out 13 Investment , The total cost is 26 Billion dollars . In terms of revenue , Since the establishment of vision Fund I, the total income has reached 74 Billion dollars ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" It is worth mentioning that , Vision Fund II recorded unrealized earnings during the reporting period 5372 Billion yen ( About us 51.88 Billion dollars ), This part of the income mainly comes from the floating profit of the invested company's shell house after listing ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" last year 11 month , Softbank has injected capital into shell house, headquartered in Beijing 13.5 Billion dollars . This year the company 8 On the listed , By 9 End of month , Softbank's stake in shell house has reached 64 Billion dollars , It means "},{"type":"text","marks":[{"type":"strong"}],"text":" The vision fund's investment has reaped 375% The return of "},{"type":"text","text":"."}]},{"type":"heading","attrs":{"align":null,"level":2},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Sun Zhengyi's gambling continues "}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Many people have made fun of Softbank CEO Sun Zhengyi : Investment depends on mood , It's up to luck to make or lose . Sun Zhengyi, who likes gambling, has left many positive and negative legends in the industry ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Invest in Alibaba 、 Acquisition vodafone And became famous in the first World War , These decisions made sun Zhengyi and strengthened Softbank ; But later on Uber、WeWork The loss of investment , And merging Sprint And T-Mobile( The fourth largest telecom operator in the United States ) That's blocked , Softbank also suffered a huge blow ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" data display , By 2019 end of the year , Softbank's liabilities have reached 1730 Billion dollars , Generally, it comes from the liabilities of its subsidiaries . To 2020 year 3 month 19 Japan , Softbank shares fell to 4 Year low , The group's market value fell to 510 Billion dollars , The contract directly held by sun Zhengyi 22% The value of the shares is only slightly higher than 110 Billion dollars ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Also in 3 month , Softbank announced the sale of high-quality shares such as Alibaba to obtain funds ;6 month , Sun Zhengyi announced his withdrawal from Alibaba's board of directors ;9 month , Softbank will chip company ARM With 400 Billion dollars to NVIDIA , It's considered by the outside world to be “ Rob Peter to pay Paul ”."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" even so , Sun Zhengyi's gamble is still going on . Second quarter results show : By 9 month , SoftBank “ Investments in listed stocks and other instruments ” It's caused 1317 Billion yen ( About us 13 Billion dollars ) Loss of ."}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" In this regard, sun Zhengyi said :“ Sounds like a lot of risk , But it only accounts for... Of the total value of our assets 1%.( If these investments fail ), Losses only account for Softbank's total equity 1%-2%, It's just a small part of the whole .”"}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}},{"type":"blockquote","content":[{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":" Reference link :"}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"link","attrs":{"href":"https:\/\/group.softbank\/en\/ir\/financials\/financial_reports","title":null,"type":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":"https:\/\/group.softbank\/en\/ir\/financials\/financial_reports"}]}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"link","attrs":{"href":"https:\/\/www.infoq.cn\/article\/IfhcQPlbPpaWvlP9Hso0","title":null,"type":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":"https:\/\/www.infoq.cn\/article\/IfhcQPlbPpaWvlP9Hso0"}]}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null},"content":[{"type":"link","attrs":{"href":"https:\/\/www.infoq.cn\/article\/JZPegalvxdv5BLkbem1k","title":null,"type":null},"content":[{"type":"text","text":"https:\/\/www.infoq.cn\/article\/JZPegalvxdv5BLkbem1k"}]}]}]},{"type":"paragraph","attrs":{"indent":0,"number":0,"align":null,"origin":null}}]}

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