VCs Seek Light Green Tech Bets

(Reuters) – Green is back in venture capital circles — but call it light green. Having placed big bets on capital-intensive industries like solar and ethanol just as the financial crisis quashed interest in risky new technologies, early-stage investors these days have a limited appetite for startups that need large amounts of cash to bring […]

Transphorm Seals $25M Series D

Transphorm Inc. has closed a $25 million Series D financing round from Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd., a private investment fund managed by Soros Fund Management, and existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Foundation Capital and Lux Capital. The latest round brings Transphorm’s total funding to $63 million. The company, which launched in February, will use the money to continue development of its compact power conversion technology.

Lux Capital Names Woolsey, Foster Venture Partners

Venture firm Lux Capital has added James Woolsey and Richard Foster as venture partners. Woolsey will help the firm identify investment opportunities in energy that offer significant economic and environmental benefits. Foster will focus on new technologies and business models for Life Sciences and healthcare IT investment, the firm said in a statement. Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners; he also currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group. Foster is managing partner of Investment and Advisory Services. He was previously a director and senior partner with McKinsey & Co., where he co-founded the healthcare and private equity practices.

Google Ventures Leads $20M Round In Transphorm

Transphorm Inc. emerged from stealth on Wednesday with a $20 million Series C round led by Google Ventures. The round was joined by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital and Lux Capital, bringing the company’s funding to $38 million. Transphorm hopes to transform energy conservation by recouping the 10% of all electricity […]

From the Filings…

Guilford, Conn.-based online advertising start-up uKnow has raised roughly half of a planned $1 million funding round, according to a filing with the SEC. Angel investor Geoff Judge, who is also a partner with iNovia Capital, is listed among the company’s directors. Pittsburgh-based Neograft has raised $3 million according to an SEC filing. Neograft develops […]

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