OpenCoin has closed an angel round of funding from Andreessen Horowitz, FF Angel IV, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Vast Ventures, and Bitcoin Opportunity Fund, an investment vehicle for Bitcoins and Bitcoin-related companies.
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(Reuters) – Foursquare has raised $41 million in debt financing from Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley wrote in a blog.
In yet another sign of the importance of marketing in an increasingly noisy startup world, Accel Partners today announced that it has hired Stephanie Ichinose, formerly Yelp‘s Senior Director of Communications, as its marketing partner. In the new role, Ichinose will be responsible for the firm’s brand and help portfolio companies with their strategic positioning and communications.
In naming Ken Coleman as its third special advisor, Andreessen Horowitz went with a longtime Silicon Valley tech executive with an impressive resume and a collection of enviable board seats.
Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz have come together to form the Glass Collective, an investment syndicate made up of the three firms to provide seed funding to startups developing for Google’s Glass and the Glass ecosystem. The announcement came on a Website from Google Ventures’ Managing Partner Bill Maris, Andreessen Horowitz General Partner Marc Andreessen and Kleiner General Partner John Doerr.
Private company valuations for security companies are up, but venture investors remain excited about putting to money to work. There is no secret why. Governments and corporations are under attack from cyber hacks, and IT budgets are being freed up for products and services to strengthened digital defenses.
Ron Conway may have stepped back from funding Y Combinator startups, but FundersClub has stepped in. The online platform for seed investing said it raised a $1.1 million fund to invest in Y Combinator startups.
Julep Beauty, a Seattle-based beauty brand, has raised $10.3 million in Series B funding led by the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz and including Western Technology Investments and Version One Ventures. Previous investors in the company, including Maveron; Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter; and Precedent Investments also participated in the new round.
Getable has closed a second financing, totaling $1.8 million. This brings total funding for the company to $3.2 million. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Founder Collective, Promus Ventures and Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital.
Morta Security, an early stage startup based in Palo Alto, CA, has closed its first round of financing. Investors include venture firms Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners and Norwest Venture Partners and investors Data Collective, Larry Link, and Peter Wagner.