Synack, which was incubated in the TechStars Boston program earlier this year, announced it has raised $1.5 million in seed-stage funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners, Wing Venture Partners, Allegis Capital, and individual investor Derek Smith, CEO of Shape Security. The company provides a security-based crowdsourcing platform.
You may not have heard of Famo.us yet. But every software engineer worth his salt is trying to land a job at the 11-person company, suggests its cofounder, Steve Newcomb.
Greylock Partners named Andrew Johns as a growth strategist in residence. Johns in his new role will work with portfolio companies to build “durable user growth and engagement,” according to a blog post. His role will be to assist companies in establishing metrics, dashboards, new features and tests of engagement.
Greylock Partners announced today on its blog that Jerry Chen, formerly with VMware, has joined the firm as partner. Chen was most recently vice president of product management and product marketing at VMware, which he joined nearly 10 years ago. Prior to that, he was an associate at Accel Partners.
Skyhigh Networks said it raised $20 million of Series B financing in a round led by Sequoia Capital and joined by existing investor Greylock Partners. Aaref Hilaly, a Sequoia Capital partner, joined the board. The company also unveiled its 30-in-30 Challenge, where it vows to uncover at least 30 previously unknown cloud services in use at an organization in 30 minutes.
MessageMe said it raised $10 million in a deal led by Greylock Partners. The round was joined by previous investors, the company said in a blog post. The company received a seed investment in March from True Ventures, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, SV Angel, Resolut.vc, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock and The Social+Capital Partnership. The company had previously received angel money.
Apptio said it raised a $45 million Series E round of funding led by Janus Capital, the Hillman Company and an unnamed institutional investor. The round was joined by existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Shasta Ventures, and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates. The new round brings the total raised to $136 million.
CB Insights took at look at which seed deals received follow-on funding and listed investors by the ability of their portfolios to raise new money. Here are the top 10.
Despite the popularity of Facebook and Instagram, a growing number of smartphone users are clearly looking for alternative communications platforms. The question is whether such new apps are real businesses, or if they’re just as evanescent as the technology solutions they provide.