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IVP leads $50 mln funding of xAd

Institutional Venture Partners has led a $50 million equity and debt funding round for xAd, which helps target mobile advertising using location data. Existing investors Emergence Capital Partners, Softbank Capital and Silicon Valley Bank also participated in the round. The New York-based company had previously raised about $22 million in funding, according to data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). As part of the latest funding round, Dennis Phelps, a general partner at IVP, has joined the board.

Digital Garage leads $15 mln Series D funding in Wikia

Digital Garage has led a $15 million Series D funding round in Wikia, the online platform for fans of popular culture. Other participants in the funding round include existing investors Amazon, Bessemer Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners.

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The Honest Company raises $70 mln

The Honest Company, which was co-founded by the actress Jessica Alba and which sells eco-friendly natural, non-toxic products online, has raised $70 million in a round led by funds associated with Wellington Management Company.

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IVP leads funding of ZipRecruiter

The online job board site ZipRecruiter announced it has raised a $63 million Series A round of funding round led by Institutional Venture Partners. Basepoint Ventures and Industry Ventures also participated in the funding. A part of the round, Eric Liaw, a principal at IVP, has joined the board.

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IVP adds Hsu as associate

Institutional Venture Partners has added Bryan Hsu as an associate. He will focus on later-stage investments across in enterprise software, Internet and digital media, and mobile. Hsu was previously with Qatalyst Partners in an Francisco.

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The enterprise high wire act: VCJ

Investors are pouring money into enterprise companies, but valuations haven’t reset and another a fall in public SaaS stocks could be coming

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Nevada PERS bets more on venture: VCJ

The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada has stepped up its venture capital investing over the past couple of years with commitments to Battery Ventures, Canaan Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.

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MassPRIM’s push into venture slowed last year: VCJ

The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management’s venture portfolio includes top name funds from Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Index Ventures, but after stepping on the gas early this decade, the board’s pace of commitments shifted to a lower gear last year, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

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VC-backed MobileIron debuts IPO

MobileIron has launched its IPO after pricing its over 11 million shares at $9 per share. The stock began trading Thursday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol MOBL. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are the lead underwriters. Based in Mountain View, Calif., MobileIron is a provider of mobile IT security and management for apps, content and devices. Its backers include Institutional Venture Partners, Foundation Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital.

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VC-backed Voxer appoints new president

Voxer said Thursday that it has named Irv Remedios as its new president. Remedios is Voxer’s former head of product. Based in San Francisco, Voxer is a provider of push-to-talk and multimedia messaging. Its backers include Institutional Venture Partners, Intel Capital, SV Angel and CrunchFund.

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Oak Investment Partners leads $20 mln Series C funding in Hipmunk

Oak Investment Partners has led a $20 million Series C funding round in Hipmunk, which provides travel planning services online and through mobile apps. Ren Riley, general partner with Oak Investment Partners, will join Hipmunk’s board of directors. Existing investors Institutional Venture Partners, Ignition Partners and angel investors also participated in the funding round.

Datalogix pulls in $45 mln

Datalogix has raised $45 million in financing. Wellington Management Company led the round with participation from return backer Institutional Venture Partners. Datalogix connects digital advertising to in-store sales.

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IVP hires head of talent to assist portfolio companies

Institutional Venture Partners announced it has appointed Saydeah Howard as vice president of talent and venture services, in which she’ll help advise the firm’s portfolio companies on recruiting and HR issues. Howard was previously vice president of human resources at LeapFrog Enterprises.

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