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NBCUniversal to invest $200 mln in Vox Media

NBCUniversal said Wednesday it has agreed to invest $200 million in Vox Media. New York-based Vox, a digital media company, is backed by Accel Partners, Comcast Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and General Atlantic. NBCUniversal is a unit of Comcast Corp.

VC-backed SimpliVity hires Beaudoin as CFO

Westborough, Massachusetts-based IT infrastructure company SimpliVity has appointed Tom Beaudoin as chief financial officer. Prior to joining SimpliVity, Beaudoin worked at Nuance Communications where he served as executive vice president and CFO. SimpliVity’s backers include Waypoint Capital, Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Meritech Capital Partners.

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Duetto raises $30 mln

Duetto said Tuesday it closed $30 million in financing led by Icon Ventures. Also participating in the round were Spectrum 28, Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, Altimeter Capital, Leland Pillsbury, founding partner, Co-Chairman and CEO of Thayer Lodging, and Marc Benioff, the founder, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. Duetto provides hotel and casino profit optimization technology.

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WizRocket scores $9.6 mln

Marketing engagement platform WizRocket has secured $9.6 million in funding. The investors were Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.

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TUNE buys FirstMark-backed Artisan Mobile

TUNE has acquired Seattle-based mobile marketing automation company Artisan Mobile. No financial terms were disclosed. TUNE’s backers include Icon Ventures, Performance Equity Management and Accel Partners while Artisan Mobile’s investors include FirstMark Capital.

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Accel leads $45 mln funding of InVision

InVision, a New York-based provider of a cloud-based collaborative platform for product designers, has raised $45 million in Series C financing. Accel led the round and was joined by existing investors FirstMark Capital and Tiger Global. As part of the round, Vas Natarajan, a partner at Accel, has joined the board. The company has now raised $80 million in funding.

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VC-backed ForgeRock adds to team

San Francisco-based ForgeRock, a provider of identity management solutions, has named Aled Miles as executive vice president of global sales. Previously, Miles worked at Symantec. ForgeRock is backed by Meritech Capital Partners, Accel Partners and Foundation Capital.

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Joyus nabs $24 mln

Direct response video network Joyus has secured $24 million in funding. Marker LLC and Steamboat Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Accel Partners, InterWest and Time Warner Investments. Also, the company has added to its leadership team by naming David Lazar as president and chief customer officer; Kathy Samuels as chief content officer; Jennifer Sharp as vice president of partnerships; Sandra Szahun as head of sales and branded content; and Jonathan Hoeh as vice president of operations.

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PillPack grabs $50 mln in CRV-led round

PillPack, a pharmacy that simplifies medication management, has closed $50 million in funding. CRV led the round with participation from Accel Partners, Atlas Venture, Menlo Ventures and Sherpa Ventures. In addition to the funding, George Zachary, a partner at CRV, has been appointed to PillPack’s board.

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DFJ Growth leads investment in Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic, a provider of a data analytics platform, announced it has raised $80 million in a late-stage round led by DFJ Growth. New investor Institutional Venture Partners also participated in the funding, which included existing investors Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Accel Partners. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company has now raised $160.5 million in total funding.

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Accel Partners leads $18.3 mln round for Algolia

San Francisco and Paris-based Algolia, a provider of search solutions for developers, has secured $18.3 million in Series A funding. Accel Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Alven Capital, Point Nine Capital, Storm Ventures and Lead Edge Capital.

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