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SoCal growth investor Ankona officially raising first fund

Ankona Capital Partners, which launched two years ago, is officially raising its first venture fund. The Newport Beach, California-based firm filed a Form D for Ankona Capital Partners GP I LLC on Aug. 12. The filing does not include a target amount and shows no capital raised to date. Brokerage firm Synergy Capital I LLC […]

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The 10 biggest VCJ stories of 2018 — plus updates

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The 10 biggest Buyouts stories of 2018

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Barack Obama, venture capitalist?

Will Barack Obama become a venture capitalist when he leaves office? Speculation is running high after a recent interview Obama did with Bloomberg. When asked what industries he might go into, the President replied: “Well, you know, it’s hard to say. But what I will say is that — just to bring things full circle about innovation — […]


Tech education site CareerFoundry raises $5 mln

CareerFoundry, which offers online classes for technology workers looking to advance their careers, announced it has closed on $5 million in Series A funding. Investors in the Berlin-based company include Tengelmann Ventures, Bauer Venture Partners and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft.


Lightspeed leads $15 mln round for Takipi

Takipi, which makes software that helps developers debug code, announced it closed a $15 million Series B round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation from Series A investor Menlo Ventures. The San Francisco-based company has raised a total of $22 million in venture funding to date.


J&J subsidiary acquires HIG-backed NeuWave Medical

Medical device maker NeuWave Medical Inc has been acquired by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, according to an announcment by HIG BioHealth Partners, an investor in NeuWave. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. NeuWave, based in Madison, Wisconsin, had previously raised $44.5 million over four rounds, CrunchBase reported. Most recently, NeuWave pulled in a $25 million Series C round in May 2015 led by Versant Ventures with participation from HIG, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and Venture Investors.


Noro-Moseley Partners leads $14 mln round for TapInfluence

TapInfluence, an online platform that connects brands with digital media influencers, announced it has closed $14 million in venture capital financing led by Noro-Moseley Partners. Also participating in the round were existing investors Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners, new investor Knollwood Investment Advisory, accelerator MergeLane and angel investor Robin Ferracone.


Waltz Networks raises $6.75 mln Series A from NEA

Waltz Networks announced that it has raised $6.75 million in Series A funding from venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates to create self-managing computer networks. The San Francisco-based company also received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, bringing total funding to $8.15 million.


Tech licensing platform Covalent raises $1.2 mln Series A-1

Covalent Data Inc, which helps technology developers find licensing opportunities, announced it has completed a $1.2 million Series A-1 round, bringing its total funding to date to $4.8 million. The round was led by High Country Venture. Previously, the Denver-based company raised a $1 million seed round in July 2012 and $2.5 million in the first traunch of its Series A in November 2013 from High Country Venture and Techstars Ventures, according to CruchBase.


TargEDys raises $6.5 mln for drugs to regulate appetite

TargEDys, which develops drugs and other medical products to regulate appetite, announced it has raised 5.8 million euros ($6.53 million) in a Series A round from Seventure Partners, NCI and Pontifax. The Rouen, France-based company will use the financing to launch human clinical studies for its products.


Main Street Capital exits SambaSafety

Business development company Main Street Capital Corp (NYSE: MAIN) announced it will exit SambaSafety (aka Safety Holdings Inc) following a “majority recapitalization” of the Albuquerque-based company by ABRY Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This transaction will result in the repayment of Main Street’s debt investment and the exit of Main Street’s equity investment in SambaSafety,” Main Street said in a statement. ABRY previously announced that it had acquired a majority of SambaSafety for an undisclosed amount on April 6.


General Atlantic pumps $61 mln into Flipp for digital ad circular business

General Atlantic announced it has invested $61 million in Flipp Corporation to fuel growth at the company, which enables consumers to use their smart phones to access digital circulars from more than 800 retailers. GA joins Insight Venture Partners as a minority shareholder in the company. As part of the investment, GA Vice President Zachary Kaplan has joined Flipp’s board of directors. Formerly known as Wishabi, Flipp was founded in 2007 by former Microsoft engineers and previously raised $1 million in seed funding from an unnamed investor in January 2006, according to CrunchBase.