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View from the secondary market: Sought-after venture capital funds

Secondaries broker Setter Capital has published a list of the 25 most sought after venture capital funds on the market. Brand names like Sequoia Capital and New Enterprise Associates topped the list, but overall venture funds have less demand than buyout funds, in part because of venture GPs’ tight control over transfer of LP stakes.

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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.

Salesforce.com appoints former Secy of State General Colin Powell to board

Salesforce.com said Friday that it has named General Colin Powell to its board of directors. The appointment became effective March 13, 2014. A retired four star general, General Powell served as U.S. National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also the 65th Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. General Power is is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Headquartered in San Francisco, Salesforce is a provider of CRM solutions.

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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.

Klout reportedly acquired by Lithium for $100 mln

San Francisco-based Klout has reportedly been acquired for $100 million by Lithium Technologies. The companies have not yet announced a deal, but online publications, including re/code reported last week that the deal is closed. Klout, which measures the influence of users on social media, has raised at least $40 million in known financing since it was founded in 2008.

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins is interviewed in his office in San Francisco

Tom Perkins — still making waves

In light of the letter than Tom Perkins recently wrote to the Wall Street Journal, and its aftermath, we’re re-publishing a profile of him that originally appeared as the cover story in the December 2007 issue of affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal.

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