Opinionaided Wraps Up $4.3M

Start-up Opinionaided has closed on $4.3 million from SoftBank Capital, BlueRun Ventures, General Catalyst and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, as well as from angel investors, including DreamIt Ventures’ Mark Wachen and Jonah Goodhart of Point Ventures Group. Opinionaided is a free question-and-answer app, downloadable on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, which gives advice and opinions in real-time. With the Series A round, the company also announced the formation of a board, which includes investors Jay Jamison, a venture partner at BlueRun Ventures; and Joe Medved, a partner at SoftBank Capital. Softbank and BlueRun were the lead investors on the Series A round.

SiliconBlue Technologies Inks $18M Series D

SiliconBlue Technologies has closed on $18 million in Series D financing. Atlantic Bridge, a Dublin and London-based private equity firm, led the financing. Existing shareholders BlueRun Ventures, Crosslink Capital, NEA and Apex Venture Partners all participated in the round. Brian Long, a partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the company’s board. SiliconBlue develops custom mobile device technology for handheld applications. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with offices in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.

Pixim Strikes a Deal with Advasense

Pixim, the Mountain View, Calif.-based startup providing technology for security cameras, will buy Advasense Technologies. Investors in Pixim include Tallwood Venture Capital, Ridgewood Capital, Mayfield Fund and Mohr Davidow. Advasense Technologies investors include Genesis Partners, Giza Venture Capital, CIDC Consultants, BlueRun Ventures and VentureTech Alliance. Specifics on the transaction were not publicized.

Hungry VCs Like the Taste of Social Food Sites

Chances are good that with Easter Sunday approaching and Memorial Day just around the corner, you’ve recently typed into your URL a food website so you can look up a special recipe or a BBQ technique. It’s too soon to tell whether investing in the social food category is a recipe for success, but the sector […]

Real-Time Search Engine Topsy Raises $15M

BlueRun Ventures, Ignition Partners, Founders Fund and angel investor Scott Banister (co-founder of Zivity) joined a $15 million Series C round for Topsy, the San Francisco-based company announced today. Western Technology Investments joined the round, which brings to $30 million the amount of equity and debt that Topsy, a provider of real-time search engine services, […]

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Why European Startups Are Eyeing the U.S.

What does the United States have that Europe doesn’t? For Peter Arvai, co-founder and CEO of Prezi, a developer of an online presentation tool that was founded in Hungary, the answer has to do with critical mass. The United States has the market and the access to capital, Arvai writes in the upcoming issue of […]

Coupa Raises $12M In Deal Led By Mohr Davidow

Coupa Software said Tuesday it closed a $12 million Series D round of financing in a deal led by Mohr Davidow Ventures and joined by existing investors El Dorado Ventures, Battery Ventures, and BlueRun Ventures. MDV General Partner Bryan Stolle will join the board of the San Mateo, Calif, based provider of spending management software. […]

VCs Starting to Put That Crystal Ball to Use: Early Predictions for 2011

During the month of December, the typical venture capitalist can expect at least a few nagging requests from journalists about predictions for the coming year. Often, it seems like a losing game. Make a prediction that’s too obvious–such as “enterprise cloud adoption will continue to escalate”–and it bores. Get specific–i.e. Groupon will IPO for a […]

Facebook eCommerce Start-up Payvment Inks $6M in VC

Payvment, which provides an e-commerce platform for Facebook users, has raised a $6 million Series B round led by Sierra Ventures. BlueRun Ventures, a previous investor in the company, also participated in the latest round. As a result, Sierra Partner Vispi Daver will join Payvment’s board. The company will use the new money to expand its staff and to open new offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

Verve raises $7 million in funding round

Mobile advertising company Verve Wireless Inc. has closed a $7 million round of fund-raising led by BlueRun Ventures. There were a number of return investors, including The Associated Press. Verve intends to the use the capital to expand its platform of advertising services.

BlueRun Ventures Backs Payvment

Payvment Inc., a San Francisco-based shopping cart services for use on social networks like Facebook, has called down around $1.15 million of a $1.7 million funding round, according to a regulatory filing. The only outside board member listed is Jonathan Ebinger of BlueRun Ventures. www.payvment.com

Chomp Raises $2 Million

Chomp, a San Francisco-based provider of iPhone app reviews and recommendations, has raised $2 million in VC funding. Backers include Bluerun Ventures, Ron Conway, Brian Pokorny and David Lee. www.chomp.com

K-P Wilska Joins BlueRun Ventures

Kari-Pekka Wilska has joined BlueRun Ventures, according to VentureWire. He previously was a venture partner with Austin Ventures, where he served on the boards of companies like 724 Solutions, BrightPoint, Mavenir Systems, Paragon Wireless and PulseWave RF. Prior to joining Austin Ventures in 2005, Wilska spent more than 20 years with Nokia. www.bluerunventures.com

Motally Raises Series A

Motally, a San Francisco-based developer of a mobile analytics platform, has raised an undisclosed around of Series A funding. BlueRun Ventures led the round, and was joined by angel investor Ron Conway.

Sujit Banerjee Joins Element Partners

Sujit Banerjee has joined Element Partners, a growth equity firm focused o the cleantech space, as an operating partner. He previously was a partner with BlueRun Ventures, where he will continue to serve as an operating partner for mobile and consumer investments. While with BlueRun, Banerjee opened an India office and launched the firm’s cleantech practice.

BlueRun Ventures Closes Fund IV

BlueRun Ventures has closed its fourth fund with $240 million in capital commitments. It had originally been targeting $300 million, after having raised $315 million for its third fund in 2005. VentureBeat first reported the news. www.brv.com

Hollywood Interactive Raises $5 Million

Hollywood Interactive Group Inc., a producer of interactive content, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by BlueRun Ventures. The company’s first project is MyHollywood.com, a “women’s web destination for celebrity and entertainment news, casual games, fashion and community.”

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