23andMe Raises More Than $50M From Milner, NEA, Brin, Google, Others

23andMe, Inc. said it raised more than $50 million in a Series D financing with new investor Yuri Milner joined by existing investors Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, New Enterprise Associates, Google Ventures and MPM Capital. The company said the Series D investment, along with rapidly decreasing costs, allowed it to lower the price of its Personal Genome Service to $99,

YourMechanic Raises $1.8M From Y Combinator, Milner, Kutcher, SV Angel, Others

YourMechanic said it raised $1.8 million in seed funding from investors including Y Combinator, Yuri Milner, Ashton Kutcher, SV Angel, CrunchFund and SoftTechVC. The Mountain View, Calif., company is developing a mobile car repair service. PRESS RELEASE YourMechanic Launches to Bring the Mechanic To You Company Announces $1.8 Million in Seed Funding (San Francisco, CA) […]

Flotype Raises $1.4M From Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition, Others

Flotype has raised $1.4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, Yuri Milner, Salesforce.com and Y Combinator, according to news reports posted on the company’s Web site. Below is a story from GeekWire. NEWS STORY Flotype raises cash from Ignition, Salesforce and others to help coders build applications faster Flotype, a cloud startup led […]

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Jawbone Raised $160M Last Year: Now What?

In the last twelve months, Jawbone, a 12-year-old, San Francisco-based company best known for its elegant Bluetooth headsets, has raised an astonishing $159 million, including $40 million just weeks ago from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Deutsche Telekom, and Russian investor Yuri Milner. While the company didn’t disclose the valuation of its latest round, the Wall […]

Jawbone Raises $40M From Kleiner, Deutsche Telekom, Yuri Milner, Others

Jawbone said it raised $40 million in funding from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Yuri Milner and investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The new capital brings Jawbone’s funding to $210 million. Jawbone’s previous investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. PRESS RELEASE Jawbone Secures $40M in Growth Funding From […]

Comprehend Systems Seals $1.2M

Comprehend System Inc. has raised $1.2 million in seed financing from a slew of investors including Y Combinator, Start Fund, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Menlo Ventures Talent Fund, Paul Buchheit, Garry Tan, Quotidian Ventures and Crosslink Capital. The company is developing clinical data visualization and analytics software.

Index and Khosla Lead $11M Round for Kaggle, the ‘eBay for Data Science’

Talking to a couple of Australian guys on a cell phone with a weak signal and a clacking keyboard in the background doesn’t make for the most audible conversation. But, based on what I’m pretty sure I heard correctly, their just-funded data modeling company, Kaggle, is doing some pretty interesting stuff. At least that’s what […]

Codecademy Closes Series A

Codecademy, a site that teaches people how to become computer programmers, has sealed a Series A round from investors including Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Social+Capital Partnership, Thrive Capital, CrunchFund, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, and individual investors including Joshua Schacter, Vivi Nevo, Naval Ravikant and Sam Altman. The company reportedly sealed $2.5 million in the round, which will be used to bolster the development and design team.

TechStars Raises the Ante In The Startup Accelerator Race, And Another $24M In Funding

Interest in seed stage incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurial funds continues at full bore, with companies, firms and universities all getting into the act. Vodafone early this month opened the doors of its Silicon Valley research center to startups with the hope of encouraging faster innovation on its network. Carnegie Mellon University, not to be left […]

New Feature! Most Popular Links Shared by VCs on Twitter

We’re trying out a new service run by Tweetminster that tracks content shared on Twitter by experts in various fields. In our case those experts are focused primarily on venture capital, technology and entrepreneurship. Long term, we hope to track content shared by private equity pros, but there just aren’t that many PE experts on Twitter at this moment.

We’re not making the Tweetminster service live just yet. We want to give the company’s algorithm more time to identify experts and analyze their tweets to identify key trends.

If you’d like to check out the service and share your feedback with us, please let me know and I will shoot you a password. I’m at Lawrence.Aragon@ThomsonReuters.com or you can DM on Twitter @laragon.

In the meantime, here are the top 5 most popular links being shared by our experts right now. Let us know what you think.

1. Spark, Lightbank And Yuri Milner Get In On OnSwipe’s $5M ‘Series Awesome’ (TechCrunch)

2. Slideshow: Top 10 Winners in pre-IPO Cash-Out at Groupon (peHUB)

3. Windows 8: The Beginning of the End of Windows (MobileOpportunity blog)

4. Let’s Not Get Too Cocky About the Bubble (TechCrunch)

5. Pandora Sets IPO Terms; VC Shares Are Potentially Worth Over $950M (peHUB)

Billionaire Investor Milner Opens Hong Kong Office

Russian billionaire and venture capital investor Yuri Milner is opening an office in Hong Kong, Reuters reported. Milner’s firm DST Advisors will open an office on the 67th floor of Hong Kong’s International Finance Centre 2 in June, in the city’s business hub, with 10-12 staff, Reuters wrote. Milner has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in companies including Facebook, Groupon and Zynga. This month Milner’s Digital Sky Technologies invested $500 million in 360Buy.com, China’s largest business-to-consumer website.

Top 10 Hub Posts This Week

Want to catch up on what your colleagues found most interesting on peHUB this week? Here are the posts written by our staff that garnered the most pageviews from March 21 to March 25.

1. Slideshow: Top 10 Largest First Rounds Of Internet Companies This Year by Larry Aragon

2. Meet the First ‘Social Media Analyst on Wall Street’ by Connie Loizos

3. Which Buyout-backed IPO in 2010 is the Best Performer? by Eamon Beltran

4. And the Winner of Mid-market Deal of the Year Is… by David Toll

5. Andreessen Horowitz Brings Aboard a Face Familiar to the VC Industry by Connie Loizos

6. By the Numbers: Washington State Investment Board’s Buyout Performance by David Toll

7. Yuri Milner Said To Purchase $70M Silicon Valley Home by Mark Boslet

8. If It’s Pizza You’re Ordering, MidOcean’s Had Enough by Bernard Vaughan

9. Looking For High-Growth, Low-Profile Startups? Check out Momentum Index by Connie Loizos

10. Did StepStone’s PCG ties Cost It The New Mexico Advisor Deal by Jon Marino

Yuri Milner Said To Purchase $70M Silicon Valley Home

I couldn’t help reposting the news from Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch blog that Russian investor Yuri Milner purchased a $70 million home in Silicon Valley. This isn’t because the news is surprising. It’s not a shock that Milner would want a base of operations in California’s venture heartland. This founder of the Moscow investment firm DST […]

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