Founders Fund raises $1 bln for fifth fund

San Francisco-based Founders Fund, an investor in Palantir Technologies, Practice Fusion, Ripple Labs, Twilio and others, announced it has raised $1 billion for its fifth fund. The firm raised $625 million for its fourth fund, which closed in December 2011, according to Thomson Reuters data. The firm, through co-founder Peter Thiel, was one of the earliest investors in Facebook, which went public in May 2012. However, other recent portfolio company exits for the firm have included Topsy Labs, which Apple bought in December for $200 million, and The Climate Corp, which Monsanto purchased in October for $930 million in cash.

Lucas Duplan of Clinkle

Is Clinkle the Next Facebook or Did Silicon Valley Just Doom It?

No one hypes startups better than Silicon Valley investors. But they may have outdone themselves today with their $25 million “seed” round for Clinkle. The mobile payments company’s backers include Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Intel and Intuit, as well as Peter Thiel, Marc Benioff and Diane Greene.

CapLinked Announces New Investors

CapLinked,  a Los Angeles, Calif.-based startup whose cloud-based platform enables investors to manage business transactions like mergers, acquisitions, financings, asset sales and reporting, has closed on a Series A round that the firm has been assembling since last year. The round, which is being closed with $2.1 million, includes new investors Conversion Capital, Inflection Ventures, and The Artesian Group. Previous investors in the company include 500 Startups and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. To date, CapLinked has raised more than $3 million.

On Deck Raises $17M From Google Ventures, Peter Thiel, Industry Ventures

On Deck said it raised $17 million as an expansion of its Series D financing in a deal led by Google Ventures and joined by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Industry Ventures. The Series D now totals $59 million, with $42 million having closed in February. The first tranche of Series D financing was led by Institutional Venture Partners and joined by RRE Ventures, SAP Ventures and First Round Capital.

Newly Public Companies: Be Nice to VCs (Including Peter Thiel): Updated

In recent weeks, there’s been some talk that investor Peter Thiel should step down from the company’s board, given that his financial interests are no longer as closely aligned with the success of the company as they once were. But Merih Sevilir, an associate professor finance at of Indiana University, politely calls B.S. on such logic.

Peter Thiel… Professor?

He once trashed the concept of college. But, now, Peter Thiel is heading to Stanford to teach a course. Should students buckle down on homework, or hope to be plucked from their university early, like star athletes?

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