Thiel, partner of Founders Fund, speaks during the panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California
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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Peter Thiel is the John D. Rockefeller of our age, about 1,000 Uber drivers plan to strike Monday and North Korea supports Scottish independence. Plus, Zeus, the world’s tallest dog, has passed away.

Foundation leads $70 mln funding of digital ad company AdRoll

AdRoll, which helps brands with online targeting of ads, has raised a $70 million funding round led by Foundation Capital. Previously, the company raised $19 million in funding. The latest round also included new investors Institutional Venture Partners, SAB Capital, Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede, as well as existing investors Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. As part of the round, Eric Liaw of IVP has joined the board.

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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.

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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?

CapLinked Launches Monthly “Pro” Subscriptions

CapLinked, an L.A.-based startup backed by investors Peter Thiel, Dave McClure, and David Sacks, among others, is launching new monthly subscription accounts to users of its proprietary platform, which connects privately held companies with accredited investors. The company, which has signed up more than 100,000 users, who currently use the service at no cost, will charge […]

CapLinked, Backed By Thiel and McClure, Gains Traction

Deal room software isn’t new. Companies and investors have long had online places to securely manage their due diligence, update investors, and bring in other interested parties. IntraLinks, a publicly traded New York company that is used by one million people every day, charges subscribers thousands of dollars each month to host their most critical […]

Week’s Top 10 Posts Focus on Self-Loathing VCs, UC’s IRRs and Odd Gifts to CalPERS’ Staffers

Time to catch up on the stories your colleagues found most compelling on peHUB this week. Here are the top 10 posts that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from Sept. 12 to this morning, Sept. 16.

ONE Sequoia’s Doug Leone to Mike Arrington: Why You Want to Be a VC is Beyond Meby Connie Loizos
TWO Top 10 IRRs from University of California’s Mid-Decade Venture Binge (Slideshow)by Mark Boslet
THREE Slideshow: Dealt a Bad Hand?by Jonathan Marino
FOUR Vinod Khosla: ‘I Don’t Much Like the Venture Profession’by Connie Loizos
FIVE VC Icon Tom Perkins Takes Swipe at Kleiner Perkins’ Big Bets on Cleantechby Sarah McBride, Reuters
SIX Slideshow: Venture Capital’s Biggest Flopsby Joanna Glasner
SEVEN AOL Makes It Official: Arrington Is Out (slideshow)by Lawrence Aragon
EIGHT Slideshow: 16 Alleged CalPERS Gift-Violators Face Finesby Gregory Roth
NINE Study: Need a Fast Flip? Don’t Change the Management Teamby Connie Loizos
TEN Thiel and Levchin Offer ‘Blueprint’ for Solving Innovation Crisisby Joanna Glasner

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