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Blue Apron racks up $50 mln

Blue Apron said Wednesday that it has closed $50 million in funding. Stripes Group led the round with participation from previous investors that included Bessemer Venture Partners and First Round Capital. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for growth. Based in New York, Blue Apron is a delivery service of fresh ingredients for home-cooked meals.

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Aviso inks $8 mln Series A

Aviso has secured $8 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Subrah Iyar, founder and CEO of WebEx, Roger Sippl, founder and CEO of Informix and Vantive, Dave Hersh, founding CEO of Jive Software and Ron Gill, CFO of NetSuite.

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San Francisco startup URX bags $12 mln

URX has closed $12 million in Series A funding. Accel Partners led the round with participation from First Round Capital, Google Ventures and SV Angel. In addition to the funding, Rich Wong of Accel Partners will join URX’s board of directors. Based in San Francisco, URX is a mobile deeplinking provider.

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Fandango agrees to buy MOVIECLIPS from VC-backed ZEFR

Fandango has inked an agreement to acquire MOVIECLIPS from ZEFR. No financial terms were disclosed. MOVIECLIPS is a YouTube network that encompasses a catalog of film clips, trailers and videos. Headquartered in Venice, Calif., ZEFR is a platform that builds social marketing and rights management software for online video. Its backers include Institutional Venture Partners, U.S. Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital and Richmond Park Partners.

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Elicit raises total Series A round to $2.025 mln

Elicit said Friday that it has secured a total of $2.025 million in Series A funding and added Chicago Ventures as an investor. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used to expand Elicit’s marketing and sales efforts. Based in Chicago, Elicit is a provider of tech solutions that help marketers improve on-site search conversion. Its backers include Greycroft Partners, First Round Capital, ff Venture Capital and Lazerow Ventures.

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Viking Global Investors leads Series B round for Birchbox

Birchbox said Monday that it has raised $60 million in Series B funding. Viking Global Investors led the round with participation from previous backers that included First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect Partners, Glynn Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sam Lessin, Consigliere Brand Capital, Slow Ventures, Red Swan Ventures and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. Headquartered in New York, Birchbox is a beauty ecommerce firm.

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Startup seeks to match up projects with consultants: Buyouts

The sheer number of consultants available presents a big challenge. Assuming you don’t have the budget to hire one of the big guns, how do you make sure that your project and your consultant are a good match? And how do you get a competitive price? Sister magazine Buyouts checks in with a startup that is seeking to address the issue.

Sookasa closes Series A

Sookasa has announced Series A round of funding, led by Accel Partners. Existing investors include First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel and other VCs and angel investors. Sookasa is an innovator in compliance for popular cloud applications and mobile devices.

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Content marketing platform Percolate nabs $24 mln

New York City-based content marketing platform Percolate said Tuesday that it has raised $24 million in Series B financing. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from previous backers GGV Capital, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures and WPP. Also, Percolate has added Mike Dixon of Sequoia to its board of directors.

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Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz leads Series A round for AltSchool

AltSchool said Tuesday that it has closed $33 million in Series A financing. Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from investors that included First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, Learn Capital and Omidyar Network. Headquartered in San Francisco, AltSchool is a network of micro-schools that offers personalized education for children.

Accel Partners leads Series B in MemSQL

MemSQL has secured $35 million in Series B funding. The investment was led by Accel Partners and included participation from Khosla Ventures and existing investors First Round Capital and Data Collective, as well as from several private financiers, and brings the total raised by MemSQL to $45 million.

DNAnexus secures $15 Million Series C

Cloud-based solutions provider DNAnexus has secured $15 million in Series C financing. The round was led by Claremont Creek Ventures, Google Ventures, TPG Biotech and First Round Capital.

Koru raises $4.35 Million

Education startup Koru has announced $4.35 million in funding. Investors are Maveron, who led the round, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and a16z seed as well as a small number of individual investors.

Mobile ad startup Voxel raises $1.6 mln in seed funding

Voxel, which launched Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from First Round Capital, Pinnacle Ventures, Sherpalo Ventures and individual investors Sanjay Jha (former Motorola CEO), David Limp (vice president of Kindle at Amazon) and Joyo Wijaya (co-founder of Tandem Ventures). The company was co-founded by Y Combinator alumni David Zhao and Russ d’Sa.

FundersClub Posts First Year Investment Figures

As most of you know, starting a venture fund is no easy task. Especially when the fund is breaking the paradigm with a new model. This is exactly what FundersClub is trying to do with an online model that lets accredited investors participate in managed funds that invest in startups.

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Venture Investing Climbs in the Second Quarter

Venture capitalists distributed $8.1 billion to startups in the second quarter, an increase over the previous three quarters, but down from a year ago, according to PitchBook. The deal count also declined from the second quarter of last year.

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