Study Finds 87% Of Tech Startups Hiring This Year

A report by Silicon Valley Bank finds 87% of technology startups plan to hire in 2013. The Startup Outlook report is based on a survey of more than 750 startup executives in the United States and 125 in the United Kingdom. In the U.S., hiring intentions are up 14% from four years ago, when the annual survey began.

Mattson Technology Secures Revolving Credit Facility

Mattson Technology, a supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, has entered into a three-year revolving credit facility for $25 million with Silicon Valley Bank, part of SVB Financial Group. Upon closing, the company borrowed $10 million under this facility with an annual interest rate of 4.75 percent.

PeopleMatter Raises $19M, Led by Scale Venture Partners

PeopleMatter, a Charleston, S.C.-based maker of HR software, has raised $19 million in Series B funding, led by Scale Venture Partners, whose partner, Rob Theis, has joined the board. Previous PeopleMatter investors Intersouth Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Harbert Venture Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, C&B Capital and Silicon Valley Bank also contributed to the funding.

Vero Software Lands Acquisition Financing from Silicon Valley Bank and HSBC

Vero Software — a computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) company based in Cheltenham, England — has received an undisclosed amount of money from senior lenders Silicon Valley Bank and HSBC to acquire Sescoi International, another CAD/CAM software company. Vero, which did not publish the purchase price, is a portfolio company of Battery Ventures.

Optimal Inks $7m in New Funding

Optimal has secured $7 million in funding. New investors include DoubleRock, The Social Internet Fund, Siemer Ventures, Signal Ventures, John Pappajohn, Warren Adelman (former CEO of GoDaddy), Social Starts, James Altucher and Silicon Valley Bank. Paul Suh has joined the company as chief financial officer effective immediately.

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