Mike Cahill rejoins VC-backed Boku as CTO

Boku has hired Mike Cahill as chief technology officer. Previously, Cahill worked at American Express where he was vice president of mobile engineering. And, prior to that, Cahill was Boku’s vice president of engineering. Based in San Francisco, Boku is a carrier billing-based mobile payment company. It is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.


VC-backed Zenefits taps Yammer founder Sacks as COO

San Francisco-based human resources platform Zenefits has named David Sacks as its first chief operating officer. He will also join the company’s board of directors. Sacks was the founding CEO of Yammer and and a former COO at PayPal. Zenefits backers include Andreessen Horowitz, Institutional Venture Partners and Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto.

DataGravity picks up $50 mln Series C

Nashua, New Hampshire-based DataGravity, a data-aware storage platform provider, has closed $50 million in Series C funding. Accel Partners led the round with participation from return backers Andreessen Horowitz, CRV and General Catalyst Partners. Also, Ping Li of Accel Partners has been appointed to DataGravity’s board of directors.


Khosla Ventures leads $36 mln in Series B funding in Mesosphere

Khosla Ventures has led a $36 million Series B funding round in Mesosphere, which created a datacenter operating system. Other investors in the funding round include Andreessen Horowitz, Fuel Capital, SV Angel and others. Mesosphere has raised a total of $50 million, including $10.5 million in Series A funding in June led by Andreessen Horowitz.

VC-backed car-sharing app Lyft announces new CMO and CFO

San Francisco-based car-sharing app Lyft has named Kira Wampler as chief marketing officer and promoted Brian Roberts to chief financial officer, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Previously, Wampler worked at Trulia where she served as CMO while Roberts is Lyft’s former senior vice president of partnerships and corporate development. Lyft’s backers include Andreessen Horowitz, Mayfield, Founders Fund, Coatue Management, Third Point Management and Alibaba. To read more about Lyft’s new appointments, visit here.

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Rikert joins Next World Capital from AH

Next World Capital has added Tom Rikert as a partner in its San Francisco office. Rikert, who blogged about the move (see below), was previously a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he focused on enterprise and the Internet of Things, co-leading on such deals as Airware, Dwolla, Optimizely,OpenGov, Shapeways and Zenefits. At Next World, which focuses on expansion-stage […]


CipherCloud snags $50 mln

San Jose, Calif.-based CipherCloud, a provider of cloud visibility and data protection solutions, has received $50 million in funding. Transamerica Ventures led the round with participation from Delta Partners and previous backers Andreessen Horowitz and T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom.


Teespring raises $35 mln from Khosla Ventures, Andreessen

Teespring said it raised $35 million in Series B financing in a deal led by Khosla Ventures and joined by existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. Khosla Ventures partner Keith Rabois will join the Board of Directors, which includes Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator. The company has now raised $55 million.


VC-backed Boku names Mopay co-founders CBO and CFO

Boku has hired Ingo Lippert as chief business officer and Christian Hinrichs as chief financial officer. Both Lippert and Hinrichs are co-founders of Mopay. Based in San Francisco, Boku is a carrier billing-based mobile payment company. It is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.


VC-backed Infer appoints Herbold as chief revenue officer

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Infer, a provider of predictive business applications that help companies win more customers, has hired Jim Herbold as chief revenue officer. Previously, Herbold worked at Box. Infer’s backers include Redpoint Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Social+Capital Partnership, Sutter Hill Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.


Upfront Ventures leads Series A round for uBeam

Los Angeles-based wireless power firm uBeam has closed $10 million in Series A funding. Upfront Ventures led the round with participation from previous backers Andreessen Horowitz, Mark Cuban and Ludlow Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, uBeam has added Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures and Katie McMahon of SoundHound to its board of directors. According to the firm, the financing will be used for product development and to expand the firm’s engineering team.


Capriza nets $27 mln Series C

Capriza has raised $27 million in Series C funding. The investors were Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Tenaya Capital. Harmony Partners and Allen & Company. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Capriza is an enterprise mobility platform provider.


Ron Johnson’s e-commerce startup Enjoy snags $30 mln

According to an announcement on its site, Enjoy, an e-commerce startup founded by former JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson, has received $30 million in overall funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Oak Investment Partners led the latest round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz. Enjoy will launch in 2015. To read more details about the funding, visit here.

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