Orcan Energy GmbH said it raised a second round of financing with E.ON as a new investor. Existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Wellington Partners participated in the funding. No additional details were available.
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This week, two widely read pieces have been published about the trials and tribulations of Kleiner Perkins — and how it plans to regain its spot at the top of the venture capital universe. But neither addresses the biggest issue confronting the 41-year-old firm.
Workspot said it raised $1.9 million of seed funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and angel investors, including Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg. The company also launched a bring-your-own-mobile-device service for IT administrators, Workspot Control, and a mobile application for IPads, called Workspot.
Ionic Security Inc. said it raised a $9.4 million Series A investment in a deal led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, joined by TechOperators and including existing investors such as Ken Levine and Paul Judge. The company said that Kleiner Perkins General Partner Ted Schlein and TechOperators Partner Tom Noonan will join the board.
Corporate venturing is on the rise. This was on display again in the first quarter, when 222 investments from corporate venture groups around the world took place worth $4 billion, according to Global Corporate Venturing.
Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz have come together to form the Glass Collective, an investment syndicate made up of the three firms to provide seed funding to startups developing for Google’s Glass and the Glass ecosystem. The announcement came on a Website from Google Ventures’ Managing Partner Bill Maris, Andreessen Horowitz General Partner Marc Andreessen and Kleiner General Partner John Doerr.
As of this morning, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has a new, publicly traded company in its portfolio: San Francisco’s RMG Networks, a digital signage media company that has raised $20 million from Kleiner, DAG Ventures, and National Cinemedia since its 2006 founding. The company didn’t stage an IPO; rather, it completed a reverse merger with the blank check company in a maneuver that landed it on the Nasdaq.
Clean Power Finance said it raised $37 million in growth equity from existing investors Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Claremont Creek Ventures. New investors in the round include three utility holding companies, including Edison International, and Hennessey Capital.
Choose Energy has received a Series A fundraising round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Stephens Capital Partners. Founded in 2008, Choose Energy educates consumers on their options for residential electricity supply.