Serena Capital and Matrix Partners back Work4

Work4 said Thursday that it has secured $7 million in Series B funding. The investors were Serena Capital and Matrix Partners. In addition to the funding, Xavier Lorphelin, managing partner at Serena Capital, will join Work4′s board of directors. Based in San Francisco and Paris, Work4 is a social and mobile recruiting firm.

Zendesk appoints to board

Zendesk, a provider of cloud software has made three appointments to its board of directors: Caryn Marooney, vice president of technology communications at Facebook; Elizabeth Nelson, former chief financial officer of Macromedia and former Amazon.com general counsel Michelle Wilson. Founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, Zendesk has offices in seven countries and funding from Charles River Ventures, Benchmark, GGV Capital, Index Ventures, Matrix Partners and Redpoint Ventures.

Matrix Partners leads funding round for Apartment List

Apartment List, which operates an apartment search engine for the rental market, has raised a $15 Million Series A round of funding round. Matrix Partners led the round. As part of the funding, Dana Stalder, general partner of Matrix, has joined the board of the San Francisco-based company. Apartment List, which launched in late 2011, had previously been bootstrapped.

Huddle in Partnership With Softcat

Huddle has entered into a partnership with UK reseller Softcat. Huddle provides next generation content collaboration for government and enterprises and is backed by venture capital firms DAG Ventures, Eden Ventures, Matrix Partners and Jafco Ventures.

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VC Fundraising Slows in Q2

U.S. venture capital firms raised just under $3 billion in the second quarter, with more than half of the money going to five established VCs, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters.

Acacia Raises $20M From Summit, Matrix, Commonwealth, Egan

Acacia Communications said it raised $20 million in a round led by Summit Partners and joined by existing investors Matrix Partners , Commonwealth Capital Ventures and Egan Managed Capital. Summit Partners Managing Director Peter Chung will join the company’s board.

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Matrix Raises $450M Fund X

Matrix Partners said its raised a $450 million 10th fund with a focus on early stage technology investing. The Boston-based firm with offices in Silicon Valley, China and India said the fund is its third consecutive $450 million fund.

Matrix Partners Leads $15 Million Series B Investment in Fastback Networks

Fastback Networks, a San Jose-based mobile infrastructure company, has closed a $15 million round led by the venture firm Matrix Partners. Existing investors, including Foundation Capital; Granite Capital; and Juniper Networks, through its Junos Innovation Fund, also participated in the Series B financing. Fastback Networks raised $11 million in Series A funding in 2011.

Square’s Jared Fliesler Joins Matrix Partners as General Partner

Matrix Partners, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture firm, has brought aboard a new general partner. Jared Fliesler joins the firm from the privately held payments company Square, where he served as VP of user acquisition and business operations. Prior to Square, Fliesler was an executive with Slide and is credited with helping to negotiate the company’s $200 million sale to Google in 2010.

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