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Fund performance: Technology Partners, TCV, Weston Presidio see gains: VCJ

Institutional Venture Partners and Landmark Partners hold the top positions in the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System’s mid decade venture portfolio, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But funds from Weston Presidio, Technology Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures were the most improved through the middle of last year.

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Fund performance: NEA and Austin show solid improvement in WSIB portfolio: VCJ

A generation of venture capital funds now reaching middle age is clearly benefiting from the business’ up-cycle, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports. This is apparent in the Washington State Investment Board’s Pathway and Invesco portfolios, where funds from the 2006 to 2008 vintages are turning in solid performances.

Act-On Software bags $42 mln

Act-On Software has raised $42 million in funding. Technology Crossover Ventures led the round with participation from previous backers Norwest Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, US Venture Partners and Voyager Capital. Act-On Software is a provider of marketing automation solutions for small to mid-market enterprises.

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Act-On raises $42 mln in deal led by TCV

Act-On Software, a developer of marketing automation software, has raised $42 million in new funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, US Venture Partners and Voyager Capital also participated. Act-On previously raised $32 million in funding since it was founded in 2008. As part of the funding, David Yuan, general partner at TCV, has joined the board.

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Venture firms raised $8.87 bln in Q1

The venture industry saw a big boost in fundraising in the first quarter as the reinvigorated IPO market and an increase in distributions to LPs lifted investor spirits.

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Distributions from Union Square and Spark spiked last year: VCJ

Distributions from Union Square Ventures’ debut 2004 fund and Spark Capital’s initial 2005 fund spiked last year, perhaps not surprisingly, according to a recent Washington State Investment Board portfolio report, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal says.

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Actifio secures funds led by Tiger Global Management

Actifio, a copy data virtualization company has secured an oversubscribed $100 million funding round led by Tiger Global Management with participation from current investors North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Technology Crossover Ventures. Actifio will use the funds to accelerate expansion.

Minted raises $41mln Series C

Minted, an online marketplace for independent design and art, has raised $41 million in its Series C financing, led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Allen & Company and existing investor Benchmark Capital both participated as investors in the round.

AppNexus Goes “All-In” on Mobile Advertising

The New York-based digital advertising firm AppNexus is upping its commitment to mobile advertising, the company announced today. More specifically, its mobile buy-side offering, which is in beta with clients including Collective, CPX Interactive, FlxOne, and Matomy, is expected to be available to all AppNexus customers this summer. The beta product is already integrated with mobile supply sources such as Nexage, Smaato, and MoPub. AppNexus raised a $75 million Series D round of financing led by Technology Crossover Ventures in January.

Pearson Acquires EmbanetCompass

Pearson has acquired EmbanetCompass, a provider of online learning services for non-profit academic institutions, from an investor group led by private equity and venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures and global education company Knowledge Universe, for $650 million in cash. The transaction is subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino review. Morgan Lewis served as legal adviser to Pearson on the transaction.

Rapid7 Acquires Mobilisafe

Rapid7, a provider of security risk management solutions, has acquired Mobilisafe, a Seattle-based mobile risk management provider. Rapid7 is backed by Bain Capital Ventures and Technology Crossover Ventures.

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