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Canvas leads $12.5 mln funding of CrowdFlower

CrowdFlower, a provider of a crowdsourcing service for data scientists, has raised $12.5 million in Series C financing led by Canvas Venture Fund. Bessemer Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures also participated in the round. The San Francisco-based company has now raised $28 million in total funding.As part of the latest round, Rebecca Lynn, general partner of Canvas, has joined the board.

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Auth0 raises seed funding from Bessemer, K9

Seattle-based Auth0, which provides a cloud-based for app developers in need of identity and authentication services, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners. K9 Ventures, Portland Seed Fund and NXTP Labs also participated in the funding.

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Emergence promotes Subotovsky and Floyd, adds to team

Emergence Capital Partners announced two promotions and three additions to its team. The San Mateo, California-based firm, which focuses on enterprise companies, has promoted Santiago “Santi” Subotovsky to partner and Joe Floyd to principal. In addition, Jake Saper has joined Emergence as senior associate, John Chen as associate, and Julia Mailander as marketing manager.

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Hardware manufacturer Kateeva raises $38 mln

Kateeva, a maker of flat panel OLED displays, has raised $38 million in a Series D round of funding from from Samsung Venture Investment Corp, Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Madrone Capital Partners, DBL Investors, New Science Ventures and VEECO Instruments Inc. The Menlo Park, California-based company has now raised more than $110 million since it was founded in 2008.

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Cloudyn raises $4 mln

San Francisco-based Cloudyn, which helps companies manage their cloud-based systems, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Titanium Investments. Existing investor RDSeed also participated. Cloudyn has now raised $5.5 million in total financing, having raised a seed-stage round in 2011. As part of the latest funding, Alexander Aivazov, managing partner of Titanium, has joined the board.

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Google buys anti-tremor spoon maker Lift Labs

Google announced today that it has acquired Lift Labs, a venture-backed startup that makes a spoon and other devices to help people with tremors, such as those living with Parkinson’s. The acquisition price is undisclosed. The San Francisco-based company launched a year ago, disclosing it raised $1 million in seed funding from Rock Health and undisclosed angel investors in Silicon Valley. Lift Labs had previously raised $800,000 from the National Institutes of Health.

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LightCyber from Israel secures $10 mln; Battery leads round

Cybersecurity company LightCyber announced it has raised $10 million in new funding. Battery Ventures led the round, which included existing investor Glilot Capital. The company has now raised $12 million in total funding. The Israeli company provides threat detection and reporting for breached systems. The company’s management team are veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces […]

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Kleiner Perkins leads $106 mln round in big data company DataStax

DataStax, which provides a big data platform built on Apache Cassandra, has raised a $106 million Series E round of funding in what is likely a pre-IPO round. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Joining the round are ClearBridge Investments, Cross Creek Advisors, Wasatch Funds, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has now raised $190 million in total funding, including a $45 million Series D round in July 2013.

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IVP leads $50 mln funding of xAd

Institutional Venture Partners has led a $50 million equity and debt funding round for xAd, which helps target mobile advertising using location data. Existing investors Emergence Capital Partners, Softbank Capital and Silicon Valley Bank also participated in the round. The New York-based company had previously raised about $22 million in funding, according to data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). As part of the latest funding round, Dennis Phelps, a general partner at IVP, has joined the board.

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Hyde Park adds former ExactTarget CMO as venture partner

Early-stage investor Hyde Park Venture Partners announced it has hired Tim Kopp, formerly the CMO of email marketing company ExactTarget, as an advisor and venture partner. The firm said Kopp is already a direct investor in five of its portfolio companies. Chicago-based Hyde Park, which focuses on tech companies in the Midwest, raised its inaugural fund in June 2013.

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