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Kleiner Perkins leads $106 mln round in big data company DataStax

DataStax, which provides a big data platform built on Apache Cassandra, has raised a $106 million Series E round of funding in what is likely a pre-IPO round. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Joining the round are ClearBridge Investments, Cross Creek Advisors, Wasatch Funds, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has now raised $190 million in total funding, including a $45 million Series D round in July 2013.

VC-backed Aerohive names SVP of engineering

Aerohive Networks said Thursday that it has hired Stathis Papaefstathiou as senior vice president of engineering. Prior to joining Aerohive, Papaefstathiou worked at F5 Networks where he served as a vice president of product development. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Aerohive Networks is a provider of enterprise Wi-Fi solutions. Its backers include Northern Light Venture Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Four Rivers Group, Institutional Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates.

VC-backed GMZ Energy names business development VP

GMZ Energy has hired Scott Rackey as vice president of business development. Previously, Rackey was CEO of four energy startups. Based in Waltham, Mass. GMZ is a developer of high temperature thermoelectric generation solutions. Its backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, BP Alternative Energy, I2BF, Mitsui Global Investment and Energy Technology Ventures (a joint venture between General Electric, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips).

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Beyond Meat rakes in Series D funds

Beyond Meat has raised an undisclosed amount of Series D funding. The investors included DNS Capital, WTT Investments, S2G Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, The Obvious Corp., Bill Gates and Morgan Creek Capital. Based in El Segundo, Calif. Beyond Meat recreates meat from plants.

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Commercial drone startup Airware grabs $25 mln Series B

San Francisco-based commercial drone startup Airware has closed $25 million in Series B funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital. In addition to the funding, Mike Abbott, a general partner at KPCB, has been added to Airware’s board.

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AppDynamics secures $120 mln growth funds

AppDynamics has secured $120 million in growth financing led by new investors Battery Ventures, ClearBridge Investments and Sands Capital. Existing investors Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners also participated in the round. The $120 million includes $50 million in debt financing provided by Silicon Valley Bank. AppDynamics is an application intelligence provider.

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Helion Ventures leads $6.5 mln Series A funding in Workspot

Helion Ventures has led a $6.5 million Series A funding in Workspot, which provides ways for mobile workforces to access business applications and data from any mobile device. Other investors in the funding round included Qualcomm Ventures and Translink Capital. Workspot had already raised $3.3 million in a seed round from Qualcomm Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Webb Investment Network and angel investors.

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Salesforce.com to buy VC-backed RelateIQ

According to an announcement on its site, RelateIQ will be acquired by Salesforce.com. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., RelateIQ is a provider of solutions that improve business relationships. Its backers include Redpoint Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Accel Partners and Formation 8. To read the post, visit here.

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CloudPhysics appoints CEO and member of board

CloudPhysics has appointed Jeffrey Hausman as CloudPhysics CEO and member of the board of directors. The company, based in Mountain View, Calif provides predictive analytics for virtual datacenters and is backed by Mayfield, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Jafco Ventures.

CoreOS nabs $8 mln Series A

CoreOS said Monday that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from return backers Sequoia Capital and Fuel Capital. CoreOS is a Linux operating system for server deployments.

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Kleiner Perkins files to raise new venture funds – Reuters

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has filed to raise two new funds totaling $1.2 billion, writes Reuters. The new funds are an early stage growth fund of $450 million known as KPCB XVI and a later-stage fund of $750 million known as KPCB Digital Growth.

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