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MassPRIM’s push into venture slowed last year: VCJ

The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management’s venture portfolio includes top name funds from Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Index Ventures, but after stepping on the gas early this decade, the board’s pace of commitments shifted to a lower gear last year, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

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Seed investing moves online: VCJ

There is little doubt AngelList is a disruptive force with the potential to transform seed and early-stage investing over the next several years, according to affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal. But it will do so in ways not usually boldfaced on blogs or prophesied on conference panels.

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Recent funds in UTIMCO’s portfolio make gains: VCJ

The University of Texas Investment Management Company’s venture portfolio includes bets on recent funds from Union Square Ventures, IA Ventures, Foundry Group, True Ventures, Cendana Capital and now Techstars and Pinto Technology Ventures. A good number have started well and, through early this year, continued to make gains.

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UTIMCO’s bet on young firms continues to pay off: VCJ

The University of Texas Investment Management Company’s bet on young, emerging venture firms over the past decade or so, including Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Foundry Group, continues to pay off, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

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Auxmoney bags $16 mln

Auxmoney has secured $16 million in funding. Foundation Capital led the round with participation from Partech Ventures, Scott Bommer and return backers Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures. Auxmoney is a a German online peer-to-peer lending marketplace.

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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.

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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.

Story-sharing platform Wattpad nets $46 mln

According to a blog post on its site, Wattpad has raised $46 million in funding. OMER Ventures led the round with participation from investors that included August Capital, Raine Ventures, Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, Union Square Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures. Based in Toronto, Wattpad is a story-sharing platform. To read more details about the funding, visit here.

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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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Canaan Partners leads Series B round for crowdfunding platform CircleUp

Equity-based crowdfunding platform CircleUp said Wednesday that it has raised $14 million in Series B funding. Canaan Partners led the round with participation from Google Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for product and data analytics. In addition to the funding, Dan Ciporin of Canaan will join CircleUp’s board.

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LACERA to focus on ‘top tier’ venture funds

From the looks of it, the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association could be one of the busiest limited partners in the industry this year, with the potential to commit up to $1.8 billion. Its investment focus will include building exposure to smaller buyout managers, as well as ‘top tier’ venture funds.

CloudFlare discloses it raised $50 mln in funding a year ago

CloudFlare, which offers cloud-based services to improve security and website performance, announced its 2013 report card, including how it quietly raised $50 million in Series C funding in December 2012. The funding came from Union Square Ventures and Greenspring Associates, with existing investors New Enterprise Associates, Pelion Venture Partners and Venrock also participating. The San Francisco-based company has now raised $77 million in total funding.

Funding Circle secures Series C led by Accel

Funding Circle, an online marketplace for business loans has secured a $37 million series C investment led by Accel Partners. New investor Ribbit Capital joins New York-based Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures in the round. In total Funding Circle has raised $58 million in equity funding.

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VC Fred Wilson On the Dangers of Valuation Creep

Too much money in the hands of too few firms. When people talk about the challenges facing venture capital, their criticisms often boil down to this reality. Concentration limits competition and risk taking. It also was at the heart of the critique Union Square Ventures Managing Partner Fred Wilson offered on Thursday.

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