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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.


Diversis Capital’s Nylon Media names new president

Nylon Media, which is backed by Diversis Capital LLC and investor Marc Luzzato, has named Jamie Elden its president and chief revenue officer (CRO). Elden was previously CRO and head of entertainment at Federated Media, a subsidiary of Media General Company.


AIP’s Shape Technologies acquires Tops Co

Shape Technologies Group Inc, a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners, announced it has acquired Tops Co Ltd of South Korea. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both companies are suppliers of waterjet technology. AIP, which focuses on middle-market buyouts, acquired Shape in 2013, investing an undisclosed amount from its fifth fund, according to its website. Shape, based in Kent, Washington, has about 1,100 empoloyees in 18 sites around the world and produces annual revenue of $390 million, AIP’s website said. AIP closed on $1.8 billion for its sixth buyout fund last year, Buyouts reported.


GREE raises $12 mln fund to back virtual-reality startups

GREE, which operates a social network that users interact with through games on their phones, announced the launch of a $12 million fund to support virtual reality startups. Besdies GREE, limited partners in the fund include Colopl VR Fund and mixi. The fund, called GVR Fund, is managed by San Francisco-based GREE VR Capital LLC. It has already invested in two VR-related companies: VRChat Inc and SPACES Inc. GVR Fund is interested in gaming and non-gaming software and content companies.


Pritzker-backed Milestone AV adds on Vaddio

Audiovisual equipment seller Milestone AV Technologies announced it has acquired AV company Vaddio for an undisclosed amount. Milestone, based in Eden Praire, Minnesota, is majority owned by the Pritzker Group, Duchossois Capital Management and company management.


AstraZeneca spinout Entasis gets $50 mln to fight drug-resistant bacteria

Entasis Therapeutics, an AstraZeneca spinout developing products to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections, announced it has completed a $50 million Series B financing led by Clarus. Other investors included AstraZeneca, Frazier Healthcare Partners, Eventide Funds and Novo A/S. Entasis, based in Waltham, Massacusetts, raised a $40 million Series A from AstraZeneca in March 2015.


Israel’s Metabomed raises $18 mln for cancer-metabolism drugs

Metabomed Ltd, an Israeli company developing drugs that target cancer metabolism, announced it has completed an extension of its Series A round from new and existing investors, bringing its total haul to $18 million. The new investors are Pfizer Inc and Arkin Holdings. They join existing investors MS Ventures, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund, Pontifax Fund and the Technion Research and Development Foundation.

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Deutsche Telekom Capital names Fitbit investor Young partner, head of VC

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, which makes venture capital and private equity investments, announced Jack Young has joined the Hamburg, Germany-based firm as partner in charge of global venture capital operations. Young previously served as managing director at Qualcomm Ventures, where he invested in Fitbit. DTCP also announced the opening of its new U.S. office in Menlo Park, Calif.