Helion Energy bags $1.5 mln

Helion Energy has secured $1.5 million in funding from Mithril Capital Management and Y Combinator, its CEO David Kirtley confirmed. Based in Redmond, Wash., Helion Energy is a developer of advanced power generation technology.

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Translation service Unbabel raises funds

Unbabel has raised $1.5 million in funding from venture capital firms and angel investors, including Jared Fliesler of Matrix Partners, Kevin Rose of Google Ventures and others. Unbabel is a Y Combinator company that offers translation services.

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Charles River Ventures leads $2 mln round for bop.fm

Digital music startup bop.fm has closed $2 million in funding. Charles River Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included SV Angel, Y Combinator, FundersClub, Lew Moorman, president of Rackspace and Tom Ryan, former head of digital at EMI.

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Publishing startup Tablo books $400K

Tablo, an online publishing community, said Thursday that it has received $400,000 in seed funding. The investors include Paul Reining, former CEO of Catch Group, Kevin Hale, a partner at Y Combinator and author John Buck. Also, Reining is joining the company as a director and advisor.

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BlockScore attracts $2 mln seed funds

BlockScore said Thursday that it has secured $2 million in seed funding. The investors included Battery Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Atlantic Ventures, Boost VC and Y Combinator. The capital will be used for product development and sales expansion. BlockScore is a provider of ID verification and anti-fraud solutions for online businesses.

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peHUB First Read

This Thursday morning find out how private equity is doing in your state, why it’s all about the buy-and-build and while Pritzker Group doesn’t seem to be such a fan of co-investing, UPS talks about plans for its own co-investment program.

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Box buys VC-backed cloud storage provider Streem

Data storage firm Box has acquired Streem, the latter confirmed in an announcement on its site. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in San Francisco, Streem is a provider of unlimited cloud storage solutions. Its backers include Y Combinator, Arbor Ventures, Ironfire Capital, 500 Startups, Start Fund and Socialatom Ventures. To read the post, visit here.

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Andreessen Horowitz leads Series B round for Instacart

Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has received $44 million in Series B funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from previous backers Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Canaan Partners. Also, Box CEO Aaron Levie and Y Combinator President Sam Altman made personal investments.

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Weave raises Series A from Conway’s new firm

Weave, which provides telecom services to small and medium-sized businesses, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. A Capital, the early-stage firm newly launched by Ronny Conway, who left Andreessen Horowitz last year to raise a fund, led Weave’s financing. Homebrew, Fuel Capital, SV Angel, Y Combinator and Initialized Capital also joined the round. Pleasant Grove, Utah-based Weave was launched with seed-stage funding from Y Combinator earlier this year.

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Move Loot snags $2.8 mln seed funds

Move Loot said Monday that it has secured $2.8 million in seed funding. First Round Capital and Index Ventures led the round with participation from Google Ventures, SV Angel and Y Combinator. Based in San Francisco, Moot Loot helps users buy and sell used furniture online.

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Actor Dempsey invests in VC-backed CrowdMed

San Francisco-based healthcare startup CrowdMed said Tuesday that it has received an undisclosed investment from actor Patrick Dempsey. CrowdMed is backed by NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator.

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, PE-backed companies are borrowing money to pay dividends like it’s 2007, Y Combinator boosts its payout to startups, WhatsApp hits 500 million users and Happy Earth day!

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RealCrowd snares $1.6 mln

Real estate platform RealCrowd has closed $1.6 million in funding. Investors included Y Combinator, DCVC, Initialized Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.

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Clever raises $10.3M in Sequoia led Series A

Clever said it raised a $10.3 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. The round was joined by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, Y Combinator President Sam Altman and Deborah Quazzo of GSV Advisors. Sequoia Partner Bryan Schreier will join the board.

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Paul Graham’s new role at Y Combinator

Y Combinator’s Paul Graham announced on Friday he would no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the accelerator he co-founded. At the Launch conference on Monday he talked a bit more about the transition at the pioneering accelerator.

Apportable secures $5 mln for mobile development

Apportable announced it has raised $5 million in funding from Google Ventures and a group of individual investors, including Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, among others. Apportable has now raised $7.4 million in total funding.

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