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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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Marketing data firm NetProspex attracts $13 mln Series C funds

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NetProspex has closed $13 million in Series C funding. Spring Lake Equity Partners led the round with participation from Edison Ventures and various previous backers. Based in Waltham, Mass., NetProspex is a provider of cloud-based B2B marketing data management solutions.

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UK-based 3D surveillance radar specialist Aveillant snags funding

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According to an announcement on its site, Aveillant has raised six million pounds in funding. Previous backers ESB Novusmodus, DFJ Esprit and Cambridge Consultants participated in the round. Based in the UK, Aveillant is a provider of 3D surveillance radar solutions. To read further details about the funding, visit here.

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JVP backs database security firm GreenSQL

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GreenSQL said Monday that it has raised $7 million in funding. Jerusalem Venture Partners led the round with participation from return backers that included Magma Venture Capital, Rhodium, Atlantic Capital Partners, Gandyr and 2Bangels. According to the firm, the capital will be used for expansion and growth. Based in Tel Aviv, GreenSQL is a provider of unified database security solutions for SMBs and the enterprise market.

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Rivertop Renewables rakes in $26 mln

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Rivertop Renewables has secured $26 million in funding. The investors included Cargill, First Green Partners and previous backers. Based in Missoula, Montana, Rivertop is a provider of of novel chemicals derived from renewable feedstocks.

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Israeli mobile gallery app Flayvr picks up $2 mln

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Flayvr said Wednesday that it has closed $2 million in funding. The investors included Kaedan Capital, Aviv Venture Capital, iAngels and former Microsoft corporate VP Moshe Lichtman. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for personnel hiring and expansion in the U.S. Based in Tel Aviv, Flayvr is a mobile gallery app.

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Andreessen Horowitz leads Series B round for Omada Health

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Digital therapeutics firm Omada Health said Wednesday that it has raised $23 million in Series B financing. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from Kaiser Permanente Ventures and previous backers that include U.S. Venture Partners and The Vertical Group. Also, Balaji S. Srinivasan, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has been added to Omada Health’s board of directors.

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Tiger Global helps Q&A site Quora raise $80 mln: Reuters

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(Reuters) – Question-and-answer service Quora has raised $80 million in funding led by financier Tiger Global, the latest in a group of no-revenue startups to land outsized checks from investors.

The company, founded in 2009 by Facebook alumni, said the cash would support three areas: ensuring Quora lasts on the Internet; that it retains its independence and avoids getting acquired; and that it expands into languages beyond English.

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Small biz financing provider Kabbage nets $270 mln

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Kabbage said Wednesday that it has received $270 million in debt financing from unnamed investors. Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets unit of Guggenheim Partners, served as placement agent for the transaction. Based in Atlanta, Kabbage is an online provider of small business financing. Its backers include Thomvest Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, BlueRun Ventures and the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund.

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Bain Capital Ventures leads $20 mln round for Kenshoo

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Digital marketing software provider Kenshoo said Wednesday that it has raised $20 million in financing. Bain Capital Ventures led the round with participation from return backers Sequoia Capital, Arts Alliance and Tenaya Capital. Also, Deepak Sindwani, a partner at Bain Capital Ventures, has been added to Kenshoo’s board of directors.

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Wine app Drync racks up $2.1 mln

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Drync said Wednesday that it has received $2.1 million in funding. Investors included Cross Link Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, KEC Ventures and Foundry Group. Also, the firm has named Brian Carr as its COO. Based in Boston, Drync is a wine app.

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