Google demonstrators protest in San Francisco
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Individuals targeted as San Francisco tech money protests intensify: Reuters

Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money, sister news service Reuters reported. One of those targeted recently is Kevin Rose, a partner at Google Ventures.

Morado Venture Partners leads $2 mln round for Savioke

According to a blog post on its site, Savioke has secured $2 million in seed funding. Morado Venture Partners led the round with participation from AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures and unnamed individual investors. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Savioke is a maker of robots for the service sector. To read more details about the financing, visit here.

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Venture’s social media superstars: VCJ

Which venture capitalists have the most followers on Twitter, the highest Klout scores, more tweets than anyone else? Refinements in both the sites and how we use social media are increasingly turning it into a targeted marketing tool for communicating with entrepreneurs, building relationships, creating personal brands and improving portfolio company visibility.

DAG Ventures leads Series B round for ClearStory Data

ClearStory Data said Monday that it has received $21 million in Series B funding. DAG Ventures led he round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Also, the firm has named Shona Brown, a former senior vice president at Google, to its board of directors. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., ClearStory Data is a provider of data intelligence solutions.

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Cool Planet racks up $100 mln

Cool Planet Energy Systems has raised $100 million in Series D financing. The private placement was led by UBS and Goldman Sachs. North Bridge Venture Partners and Concord Energy were the lead investors. Also participating in the round were return backers BP, Energy Technology Ventures, Google Ventures and the constellation division of Exelon. Based in Camarillo, Calif., Cool Planet Energy Systems is a provider of solutions that convert non-food biomass into gasoline through mechanical and chemical processes.

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Canaan Partners leads Series B round for crowdfunding platform CircleUp

Equity-based crowdfunding platform CircleUp said Wednesday that it has raised $14 million in Series B funding. Canaan Partners led the round with participation from Google Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for product and data analytics. In addition to the funding, Dan Ciporin of Canaan will join CircleUp’s board.

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Big data company Cloudera goes big with $160 mln round

Cloudera has raised a $160 million late-stage round of financing that was led by T. Rowe Price and included Google Ventures and MSD Capital, the private investment arm of Dell CEO Michael Dell. The large funding is a likely run-up to an IPO. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cloudera said it has now raised $300 million in total funding since it was founded in 2008. Its last funding was a $65 million late-stage round in December 2012, which valued the company at more than $700 million, according to Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB).

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Premise picks up $11 mln

According to a post on its blog, Premise has raised $11 million in Series B funding. The Social+Capital Partnership led the round with participation from return backers Google Ventures, Harrison Metal, Andreessen Horowitz and Bowery Capital. Also, Chamath Palihapitiya of Social+Capital has been added to the Premise board. Based in San Francisco, Premise is a tech company that is building a network to track macroeconomic and human developments in real time. To read further details about the funding, visit here.

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VC-backed OnDeck hires new SVP of technology

OnDeck has hired Pamela Rice as senior vice president of technology. Previously, Rice worked at PayPal. Headquartered in New York City, OnDeck, which is backed by Google Ventures, SAP Ventures, RRE Ventures, Tiger Global and Institutional Venture Partners, is a small business lender.

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