Zouk Capital leads Series C round for iZettle

European mobile payment services provider iZettle said Friday that it has raised $55.5 million in Series C funding. Zouk Capital led the round with participation from Dawn Capital, Intel Capital, Creandum, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone and SEB Private Equity. In addition to the funding, Nathan Medlock of Zouk Capital will join the iZettle board.

KPCB leads Series A round for Synack

Synack said Thursday that it has closed $7.5 million in Series A funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Allegis Capital and Shape Security CEO Derek Smith. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Synack is a provider of security testing solutions.

VC-backed Okta taps Salesforce.com former SVP for new position

Okta said Monday that it has hired Krista Anderson as its first chief customer officer. Anderson is a former senior vice president at Salesforce.com. Based in San Francisco, Okta is an identity management service. It is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital.

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Index Ventures and Ribbit Capital backs Wealthfront

According to a blog post on its site, Wealthfront has closed $35 million in funding. Index Ventures and Ribbit Capital led the round with participation from investors that included The Social+Capital Partnership, Greylock Partners and DAG Ventures. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Wealthfront is an automated investment service provider. To read the announcement, 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.

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BlueVine scores $4 mln

BlueVine has closed $4 million in funding. The investors included Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners Correlation Ventures, Kreos Capital, Kima Ventures and various unnamed angel investors. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., BlueVine is an online invoice financing service.

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Top security investors include unexpected names — VCJ

Security investing continues to run at high throttle, affiliated publication VCJ reports. Overall venture dollars committed to security startups dipped slightly last year, but still broke the $1 billion mark, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

Trip Hawkins’ If You Can Company raises $6.5 mln Series A

Trip Hawkins’ new startup, If You Can Company, said it raised a $6.5 million Series A round led by Greylock Partners and joined by Almaz Capital and other investors. The new money brings the total funding for the company, which will use gameplay to teach children social and emotional learning skills, to $9.3 million.

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Ethan Beard joins Greylock as EIR

Ethan Beard, a former Facebook director and a member of the Silicon Valley cover band Coverflow, has joined Greylock Partners as entrepreneur-in-residence. Beard, who’s Greylock bio is available here, was previously director of the developer network at Facebook, the social networking company in which Greylock was an early investor.

Greylock leads $15 mln funding of open source project provider Docker

Docker, which runs an open source project used by cloud developers and operators to automate the deployment of apps, said it has completed raising a $15 million Series B round of funding. Greylock Partners led the round, which also included Insight Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital, Trinity Ventures and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang. As part of the funding, Jerry Chen, a partner at Greylock, will join the board.

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Venture fundraising remains anemic in 3Q

Venture fundraising remained anemic in the third quarter with 56 funds raising $4.1 billion, according to a study released Monday. The dollar total was down 21% from the third quarter of last year and dollars committed during the first three quarters of the year are down 29%.

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