Bitcoin startup Gem nets $2 mln seed

Venice, Calif.-based bitcoin startup Gem (formerly known as BitVault) has closed $2 million in seed funding. First Round Capital and Tekton Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included RRE Ventures, MESA+, Amplify.LA, Birchmere Labs, Idealab, ECEG, Partners, Baroda Ventures, Wavemaker Labs, Bitcoin Shop, Crypto Currency Partners and QED Associates.

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GGV Capital leads $13.5 mln Series A funding in FlightCar

GGV Capital has led a $13.5 million Series A funding in FlightCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service operating at airports. Other participants in the funding include General Catalyst, SoftBank Capital and First Round Capital. Comcast Ventures and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin also invested. FlightCar has raised a total of $20 million to date, making co-founders Rujul Zaparde, 19, and Kevin Petrovic, 20, among the youngest entrepreneurs to have raised such large amounts of venture capital.

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Dagne Dover raises seed round

Handbag brand Dagne Dover has raised $1.25 million. Investors in the seed round included David Bell, Fabrice Grinda, Dominic Cioffoletti, 2020 Ventures and First Round Capital‘s Dorm Room Fund.

Poppin bags $17 mln Series C

Office products retailer Poppin has closed $17 million in Series C funding. The investors were West Capital Partners, Fifth Third Capital Holdings, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital and Chris Burch.

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Commercial drone startup Airware grabs $25 mln Series B

San Francisco-based commercial drone startup Airware has closed $25 million in Series B funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital. In addition to the funding, Mike Abbott, a general partner at KPCB, has been added to Airware’s board.

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Norwest Venture Partners leads Series B round for Threadflip

Threadflip said Wednesday that it has raised $13 million in Series B funding. Norwest Venture Partners led the round with participation from previous backers Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital and Shasta Ventures. Based in San Francisco, Threadflip is a fashion marketplace for women.

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, the five phases of being a GP at a VC or PE fund, how Banana Republic thinks “Startup Guys” dress and Bloomberg Beta’s first year. Plus who put the white surrender flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Upside Partnership closes $30 mln for maiden fund

According to a blog post on its site by founder Kent Goldman, a former partner at First Round Capital, Upside Partnership has raised a hard cap of $30 million for its inaugural fund. Upside Partnership will focus on providing seed capital. To read the announcement, visit here.

Smartling names CFO

Smartling has hired Adi Dehejia as chief financial officer. Previously, Dehejia was the CFO for Rhapsody International. Based in New York City, Smartling is a provider of cloud-based translation software solutions. It is backed by Tenaya Capital, First Round Capital, IDG Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock and Harmony Partners.

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Chloe + Isabel nabs $15 mln Series C

Chloe + Isabel said Friday that it has received $15 million in Series C funding. SoftBank Capital led the round with participation from previous backers General Catalyst Partners, First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures and Floodgate Fund. Based in New York City, Chloe + Isabel is a social commerce jewelry company.

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RRE leads funding of VigLink

VigLink, a data analytics company that provides online link sharing services, has raised $18 million in a Series C round that was led by RRE Ventures. Also taking part in the funding is existing investors Google Ventures, Emergence Capital, First Round Capital as well as Correlation Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. The San Francisco-based company has now raised $26 million in total funding. As part of the Series C round, Eric Wiesen, a general partner of RRE, has joined the board.

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Move Loot snags $2.8 mln seed funds

Move Loot said Monday that it has secured $2.8 million in seed funding. First Round Capital and Index Ventures led the round with participation from Google Ventures, SV Angel and Y Combinator. Based in San Francisco, Moot Loot helps users buy and sell used furniture online.

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Curalate inks $8.6 mln Series B led by NEA

Curalate has secured $8.6 million in Series B financing, bringing total funding to $12.5 million. NEA led the round with participation from First Round Capital, MentorTech Ventures and Vayner RSE, Gary Vaynerchuck’s new $25 million fund. Curalate is a visual analytics and marketing platform.

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Swipely raises Series C to accelerate growth

Swipely has completed a $20 million Series C round of financing. Pritzker Group Venture Capital led the investment and was joined by existing investors First Round Capital, Index Ventures and Shasta Ventures. Swipely is a simple way for merchants to understand customers and grow sales.

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VC-backed Homejoy buys Get Maid

Home services platform Homejoy said Thursday that it has acquired Get Maid. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in New York, Get Maid is an on-demand maid service. Homejoy’s backers include Google Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Fuel Capital, First Round Capital and Max Levchin.

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