A billion here, a billion there, and soon there’s a real bubble

I’m not even going to comment on the ‘bubble’ part, I’m merely amused the rather rookie typo (billion for million) in the screen grab above (full shot here) could go unnoticed for so long on the International Herald Tribune’s photo caption accompanying a story on wild valuations of startups. If, as the typo in the caption suggests, the startup’s valuation plummeted from $200 “B”illion to $850 “M”illion, that would be a story dis-proving the premise of the article. However, it does support my on-going premise that reporters and editors have trouble with the whole numbers thing.

(As I often note, this “personal” blog is a glass house when I throw rocks like this. Fortunately, the “professional” media associated with my name has a proofing process managed by professional editors and champion spellers who must feel when reading my extemporaneous posts [and the resulting extemporaneous syntax, grammar and spelling) a bit like George Bush’s speech-writers must feel when he starts ad-libbing.])