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Venture’s social media superstars: VCJ

Which venture capitalists have the most followers on Twitter, the highest Klout scores, more tweets than anyone else? Refinements in both the sites and how we use social media are increasingly turning it into a targeted marketing tool for communicating with entrepreneurs, building relationships, creating personal brands and improving portfolio company visibility.

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VC-backed 2U rolls out IPO

2U has launched its IPO of 9.175 million shares after pricing it at $13 per share. The stock began trading Friday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “TWOU.” Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse Securities are the lead underwriters. 2U builds online learning platforms. Its backers include Highland Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, CIty Light Capital and Novak Biddle Venture Partners.

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Redpoint Ventures leads $40 mln round for RelateIQ

According to a company spokesperson, RelateIQ has raised $40 million in Series C funding. Redpoint Ventures led the round with participation from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and return backers Accel Partners and Formation 8. The funding gives the company a more than $200 million valuation. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., RelateIQ is a provider of solutions that improve business relationships.

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Accel Partners and Redpoint Ventures backs Tactile

Tactile has received $11.2 million in Series A funding. The investors were Accel Partners and Redpoint Ventures. Based in Redwood City, Calif., Tactile is a provider of solutions that empower people in their work lives.

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VC-backed Kabam buys Phoenix Age

Kabam, which is backed by Canaan Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Pinnacle Ventures, has acquired Phoenix Age. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in San Francisco, Phoenix Age is a game studio.

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.

Big data company Datameer raises $19 mln round led by Next World Capital

Next World Capital led a $19 million Series D investment in the big data analytics company Datameer. Investors in the round also include Workday, Citi Ventures, and Software AG , as well as existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Redpoint Ventures. The company previously raised about $18 million in funding. As part of the Series D round, Ben Fu, a partner at the San Francisco-based expansion-stage firm Next World Capital, has joined the board.

Redpoint Ventures hires former Twitter executive – Reuters

(Reuters) – Redpoint Ventures said on Tuesday it has hired Twitter‘s former head of platform Ryan Sarver to be a partner. Separately, Redpoint said it was promoting Tomasz Tunguz from principal to partner, and hiring Jamie Davidson, former vice president of product at Hotel Tonight, as senior associate.

Online Video Company Qwilt Lands $16M

Qwilt, which provides an online video platform, has raised $16 million in a Series C round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Previous investors Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Marker LLC also participated in the round. With the funding, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company has now raised $40 million in total funding

Inadco Raises $11M From USVP, Redpoint

Inadco, Inc. said it raised $11 million in a Series B round led by U.S. Venture Partners and joined by existing investor Redpoint Ventures. The company had previously raised a $5 million Series A round from Redpoint, SV Angel, Mike Walrath, former CEO of Right Media, and Matt Coffin, founder of LowerMyBills.com.

Twilio Rings Up $70M Round

Cloud communications company Twilio has raised a $70 million Series D round co-led by Redpoint Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners, with Draper Fisher Jurvetson also participating. As part of the deal, Scott Raney, a partner with Redpoint, has joined the board. The San Francisco-based company has now raised about $103 million n total funding.

Scripted.com Raises $4.5M In Crosslink & Redpoint Led Deal

Scripted.com said it raised $4.5 million in a Series A financing led by Crosslink Capital and Redpoint Ventures. Joining the round are James Currier and Stan Chudnovsky from Ooga Labs, Branchout CEO Rick Marini, Bebo co-founder Michael Birch, Military.com co-founder Chris Michel and LA angel Paige Craig. Chris Moore from Redpoint Ventures and Eric Chin from Crosslink Capital will be join the board.

Redpoint Adds Two EIRs From VMware

Redpoint Ventures brought on two VMware executives as entrepreneurs in residence, TechCrunch reports. Javier Soltero was CTO of SaaS & application services at VMware before joining the firm, according to a bio posted on the Redpoint Web site. He came to VMware after the company he co-founded, Hyperic, was acquired by SpringSource, which was acquired by VMware.

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