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Nervana Systems grabs $600K

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Nervana Systems has received $600,000 in seed funding. Investors in this round included Sam Altman, Geoff Ralston, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Allen & Company and SV Angels. Headquartered in San Diego, Nervana Systems is a maker of custom hardware for machine learning algorithms.

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Capital Sports Ventures backs BigTeams

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BigTeams, which builds websites for high school sports programs, said Monday that it has secured funding in a round led by Capital Sports Ventures. Other investors included SWaN & Legend Ventures, Roger Mody, former CEO of SIGNAL Corp. and Scott Brickman, former CEO of The Brickman Group. No financial terms were disclosed. Also, the firm named Clay Walker as its CEO.

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Asia recruiting platform HRBoss attracts $3.6 mln

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HRBoss said Monday that it has closed $3.6 million in Series B funding. JAFCO led the round. Headquartered in Singapore, HRBoss is a provider of data-driven software for both corporate HR and the recruiting industry.

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Viking Global Investors leads Series B round for Birchbox

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Birchbox said Monday that it has raised $60 million in Series B funding. Viking Global Investors led the round with participation from previous backers that included First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect Partners, Glynn Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sam Lessin, Consigliere Brand Capital, Slow Ventures, Red Swan Ventures and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. Headquartered in New York, Birchbox is a beauty ecommerce firm.

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Enplug snags $2.5 mln seed funds

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According to a post on its site, Enplug has secured $2.5 million in seed funding. Investors included Oaktree Capital Co-Founder Larry Keele, Lightspeed Venture Partners Managing Director Justin Caldbeck, Atom Factory CEO Troy Carter, DominateFund, zPark Venture and Amidi Group. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Enplug is a provider of social media displays for businesses.

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NEA leads funding round for Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics

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Medical device company Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a round led by New Enterprise Associates. Previous backer NBGI Ventures was also an investor. In conjunction with the funding, ACT has added Justin Klein, a partner at NEA, to its board of directors. Also, Ajax Vascular CEO has been named chairman of the board while VytronUS CEO Mike Pederson joins the board as an independent director.

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Foundation Capital leads $70 mln funding round in AdRoll

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Foundation Capital has led a $70 million funding round in ad tech company AdRoll. New investors in the company include Institutional Venture Partners, Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede. Existing investors in AdRoll include Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. Eric Liaw of IVP will join AdRoll’s board of directors as a board observer.

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Evaluate leads $2 mln Series A funding in AdverseEvents

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Evaluate Ltd., which provides consensus forecasts and analysis of the life sciences industry, has led a $2 million Series A funding round in AdverseEvents, a healthcare informatics company focused on drug safety. Other investors in the round include Trevor Fenwick, founder and executive chairman of Euromonitor International, and Michael Tansey, former president and CEO of Jobson.

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VC dollars invested highest quarterly amount in Q1 since Q2 2001: Report

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Venture capital firms invested $9.5 billion in 951 deals in the first quarter, the highest quarterly total since Q2 of 2001, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. Investment activity rose 12 percent in dollar terms but fell 14 percent in the number of deals, compared to the fourth quarter.

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TPG-led group to make $450 mln investment in Airbnb: Reuters

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A group led by private equity firm TPG Capital Management LP has agreed to invest $450 million in Airbnb Inc, valuing the online home-rental marketplace at $10 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The source did not divulge the names of other investors.

The investor group also includes investment firm Dragoneer Investment Group, T. Rowe Price Group Inc and Sequoia Capital, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier. (r.reuters.com/sek68v)

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Israeli startup Slidely picks up $7.3 mln

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Slidely has secured $7.3 million in funding. Benson Oak Capital led the round. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used to open offices in the U.S. and develop new partnerships. Based in Tel Aviv, Slidely is a media-based social platform where users can share photos, videos and music.

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Runscope snags $6 mln

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According to an announcement on its site, Runscope has closed $6 million in Series A funding. General Catalyst led the round with participation from True Ventures and Lerer Ventures. Dr. Steve Herrold, managing director at General Catalyst, has been added to Runscope’s board of directors. Based in San Francisco, Runscope is a provider of tools that help developers monitor APIs. To read more about the funding, visit here.

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Munchery cooks up $28 mln

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According to a blog post on its site, Munchery has secured $28 million in Series B funding. SherpaVentures led the round. The capital will be used to help the San Francisco-based company expand to Seattle. In conjunction with the funding, Shervin Pishevar, founder of SherpaVentures, has been named to Munchery’s board of directors. Munchery is a provider of prepared dinners made by top chefs. To read further details about the financing, visit here.

 

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NuCana grabs $57 mln Series B funds

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NuCana has raised $57 million in Series B funding. Sofinnova Ventures led the round with participation from Sofinnova Partners, Morningside Ventures, Alida Capital International and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. In addition to the funding, James Healy and Gerald Chan, co-founder and chairman of Morningside Ventures respectively, have been added to NuCana’s board of directors.

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Sparkbox Ventures leads Series A round for Booktrack

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Booktrack has closed $3 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Sparkbox Ventures. Based in New Zealand and San Francisco, Booktrack is an e-book soundtrack platform.

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Khosla Ventures invests in The Hunt, bringing Series B round to $10 mln

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Khosla Ventures has joined previous investor Javelin Ventures in bringing app company The Hunt’s total Series B funding round to $10 million. The funding follows a recent $5.5 million Series A investment with total funding tallying $15.5 million. Proceeds will be used for hiring, as the company has doubled its staff since mid-2013. Ben Ling, investment partner at Khosla Ventures, will join The Hunt’s board.

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Novo A/S leads $45 mln Series C funding round in Spinifex Pharmaceuticals

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Novo A/S has led a $45 million Series C funding round in Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, a developer of pain drugs. The funding round was joined by new investor Canaan Partners. Existing investors GBS Venture Partners, Brandon Capital Partners, Uniseed and UniQuest also participated in the funding round. Heath Lukatch and Steve Collins representing Novo A/S and Brent Ahrens of Canaan Partners will join the Spinifex board.

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TA Ventures, ABRT Fund invest $2 mln in Zesty

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TA Ventures and ABRT Fund have invested $2 million in Zesty, a UK-based online healthcare booking service. The latest funding round comes on top of a seed funding round from Zesty’s lead investor Mangrove Capital Partners in January 2013. In addition to the funding, Zesty has added to its senior management team, hiring Pam Garside as board advisor, Carl Oliver as UK sales director and Warren Guy as head of product.

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Gryphn acquires text messaging business Uppidy

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Gryphn has acquired Uppidy, which provides text message search and storage. The company is launching repository services and end-to-end encrypted messaging solutions as a more robust platform under the name ArmorText later this month.

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Smule ropes in $16.6 mln

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According to its CEO Jeff Smith, Smule has raised $16.6 million funding. Roth Capital Partners‘ new venture group led the round with participation from return backers Bessemer Venture Partners, Shasta and Granite. Based in San Francisco, Smule is a provider of interactive sonic media for mobile platforms.

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