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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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Peer-to-peer lending site Prosper bulks up with $70 mln round

Peer-to-peer online lender Prosper Marketplace has raised a $70 million round that was led by Francisco Partners and includes Institutional Venture Partners and Phenomen Ventures. As part of the latest round, David Golob, a partner with Francisco Partners, has joined Prosper’s board. The San Francisco-based company has now raised $196 million in total funding, according to Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB), including from Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sequoia Capital and others.

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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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Fund performance: Technology Partners, TCV, Weston Presidio see gains: VCJ

Institutional Venture Partners and Landmark Partners hold the top positions in the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System’s mid decade venture portfolio, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But funds from Weston Presidio, Technology Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures were the most improved through the middle of last year.

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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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VC-backed music app Shazam scores $20 mln

According to a company spokesperson, music app developer Shazam has raised $20 million from a consortium of private investors. As a result of this new investment, Shazam’s valuation has increased to approximately $500 million. Shazam’s backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Institutional Venture Partners, DN Capital and Acacia Capital Partners.

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IVP leads Series C round for General Assembly

According to a blog post on its site, General Assembly has closed $35 million in Series C funding. Institutional Venture Partners led the round with participation from investors that included GSV Capital, Rethink Education and Western Technology Investment. In addition to the funding, Todd Chaffee, general partner at IVP, will join General Assembly’s board. Based in New York City, General Assembly is a provider of educational programming and support. To read the details of the funding, visit here.

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