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Hassle.com inks $6mln from Accel

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Hassle.com has secured a $6 million Series A investment from Accel Partners. The UK-based business is an online marketplace that connects busy people with local, trusted cleaners.

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Hassle.com – the online marketplace that connects busy people with local, trusted cleaners – today announces it has closed a $6 million Series A investment from Accel Partners to expand into major cities in the UK and Europe.

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Google Ventures leads Flatiron Health investment

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Google Ventures has led a $130 million investment in oncology-data company Flatiron Health, writes Reuters. Flatiron was founded in 2012.

Reuters – Google Ventures led a $130 million investment in oncology-data company Flatiron Health, Flatiron said on Wednesday.

The cash will allow New York-based Flatiron to acquire Altos Solutions, an electronic medical-records company specializing in oncology data, for an undisclosed sum.

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Alibaba’s deal-making ripples across Silicon Valley: Reuters

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(Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd may be making its debut on Wall Street later this summer, but it’s certainly no stranger to the investors of Silicon Valley.

In the past 18 months, the Chinese e-commerce giant has burrowed its way into the Valley’s exclusive investment circles, snapping up sizeable stakes and board seats in fast-growing startups that could provide strategic advantages for when, not if, the company challenges Amazon.com Inc or eBay Inc on their home turf, sister news service Reuters reported.

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Accion Venture Lab backs RevolutionCredit

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Accion Venture Lab has made an undisclosed investment in RevolutionCredit. Based in Irvine, Calif., RevolutionCredit is a provider of behavioral credit insights.

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Igneous Systems garners $23.6 mln Series A funds

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Igneous Systems said Wednesday that it raised $23.6 million in Series A financing. New Enterprise Associates led the round with participation from Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures and Isilon Systems co-founder, Sujal Patel. According to the firm, the capital will be used for product development and to expand its engineering and leadership teams. Concurrent with the funding, Ron Bernal, venture partner at NEA, has been added to Igneous Systems’ board of directors.

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NEA leads Series B round for Loxo Oncology

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Loxo Oncology has received $24 million in Series B financing. New Enterprise Associates led the round with participation from previous backers Aisling Capital and OrbiMed Advisors. In addition to the funding, Dr. M. James Barrett, a general partner at NEA, will join Loxo Oncology’s board of directors while Dr. Sara Nayeem, a principal at NEA, will also join the board as an observer. And, the firm has named Dr. Mikel Moyer as chief scientific officer.

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Lighthouse Capital leads $2.5 mln round for iHear Medical

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San Leandro, Calif-based hearing solutions provider iHear Medical has secured $2.5 million in funding. Lighthouse Capital led the round with participation from Aphelion Capital and Highlight Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Minglie Hu, a founding partner at Lighthouse Capital, has been added to iHear Medical’s board of directors.

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Vitamin company Bulu Box picks up over $2 mln

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Bulu Box said Wednesday that it has closed more than $2 million in funding. Dundee Venture Capital led the round with participation from Midwest Venture Alliance, Mid-American Angels Investments and Two Bridges Capital. The capital will be used for personnel hiring, customer acquisition and product development. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Bulu Box is a vitamin and supplement sample subscription firm.

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The Hive backs Colabo

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Colabo said Wednesday that it has received $1.5 million in funding. The investors included The Hive, Paul Maritz, Raghu Raghuram and Ray Rothrock. According to the firm, the capital will be used for growth. Colabo is a provider of solutions that help sales and marketing professionals generate and qualify leads.

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Metacloud racks up $15 mln

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Metacloud has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The investors included Pelion Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, UMC Capital, AME Cloud Ventures, Canaan Partners and Storm Ventures. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud is a provider of cloud solutions.

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CertiVox inks $8 million for Series B

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CertiVox has raised Series B funding of $8 Million. NTT DOCOMO Ventures and current investors Octopus Investments committed to the Series B.

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Enterome secures first tranche Series B

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ENTEROME Bioscience has raised a first tranche of a Series B fundraising. The funding has been led by the company’s existing investors Seventure and Lundbeckfond Ventures. Omnes Capital also participated. Enterome is developing disease management solutions.

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EVRYTHNG raises $7 mln Series A

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EVRYTHNG, a Web of Things software company has raised a $7 million Series A investment round. Atomico, BHLP LLC, Dawn Capital and Cisco have backed the business.

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Cisco Investments earmarks another $150 mln for early stage investing

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Cisco Investments said it earmarked an additional $150 million for early-stage investing, adding to the $100 million it already set aside for investments in what it calls the Internet of everything. The organization, the venture capital arm of Cisco Systems, said the new money will target disruptive technologies such as big data and analytics; the Internet of things; connected mobility; storage; silicon; the content technology ecosystem; and India innovation.

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Cisco joins investment round for Ayla

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Ayla Networks, which provides services for the Internet of Things, has raised $14.5 million in a Series B round from Cisco, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Linear Venture, SAIF Partners, SJF Ventures and existing investors Crosslink Capital and Voyager Capital. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Ayla, which provides a cloud-based platform for connecting devices and appliances, has now raised about $20 million in total funding.

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Recycled paper bottle maker Ecologic Brands picks up $7 mln

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Ecologic Brands has received $7 million in funding. Investors included Kruger, DBL Investors, Catamount Ventures and Black Bear Partners. Based in Oakland, Calif., Ecologic is a  recycled paper bottle manufacturer.

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BrightWhistle nabs new funding

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BrightWhistle has secured funding from its previous backers, which include Eastside Partners, Hamilton Ventures and Atlanta angel investor Paul Iaffaldano. No financial terms were disclosed. Also, the firm has named Scott McFarland as its chief operating officer while CEO and co-founder Greg Foster will also become chairman of BrightWhistle’s board of directors. And, Chad Mallory, the company’s president and other co-founder, will also become chief strategy officer.

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True Ventures leads seed round for Understory

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Understory said Wednesday that it has closed $1.9 million in seed funding. True Ventures led the round with participation from RRE Ventures, Vegas Tech Fund, SK Ventures and Andrew C. Payne. Based in Boston, Understory is a provider of next-generation weather sensor hardware and data networks.

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ZeroFOX grabs $10.7 mln in round led by NEA

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ZeroFOX said Wednesday that it has raised $10.7 million in Series A funding. New Enterprise Associates led the round with participation from Genacast Ventures, Core Capital and the State of Maryland. Based in Baltimore, ZeroFOX is a provider of solutions that combat social cyber attacks.

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CloudGenix nets $9 mln

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CloudGenix, a networking firm based in Santa Clara, Calif., said Wednesday that it has raised $9 million in Series A funding. The investors were Charles River Ventures and Mayfield Fund.

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