When Trump ties are a liability; A start-up failed to get key backing because it was co-founded by Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law.
Executives at Cadre eagerly watched SoftBank's Vision Fund dole out billions of dollars to companies such as Uber, WeWork and Slack Technologies. Then they got their chance.
After pitching Cadre's real estate platform and its budding technology to the fund's representatives in New York, Chief Executive Ryan Williams flew to Tokyo in early 2018 at the invitation of Masayoshi Son, who oversees the $100-billion fund. The talks were promising.
But there was a hitch: Cadre co-founder Jare...