Distelli attracts $2.8 mln Series A

Seattle-based Distelli, a deployment platform provider for developers, has secured $2.8 million in Series A funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Andreessen Horowitz led the round. Also, Scott Weiss, a general partner at a16z, has been appointed to Distelli’s board of directors. To read further details about the funding, visit here.

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Drone startup Skydio pulls in $3 mln seed

According to a blog post on its site, Skydio has secured $3 million in seed funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from Accel Partners. Based in Menlo Park, California, Skydio is a drone startup. To read more about the funding, visit here.

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Meal replacement startup Soylent cooks up $20 mln

Meal replacement startup Soylent has raised $20 million in Series A funding, it was announced on the company’s blog. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from other investors that included Lerer Ventures and Index Ventures. In addition to the funding, Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has been added to Soylent’s board. To read the post, visit here.

 

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Instacart snags $220 mln Series C

Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has raised $220 million in Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, Valiant Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia.

Facebook acquires voice recognition firm-Reuters

Facebook Inc (FB.O) acquired a company that makes voice recognition technology for wearable devices and Internet- connected appliances, the latest sign of its ambition to extend its reach beyond computers and smartphones, Reuters reported.

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Grocery delivery startup Instacart bags $210 mln

According to an SEC filing, Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has raised $210 million in a targeted $220 million funding round. A company spokesperson declined to add further information. Last June, Instacart received $44 million in Series B funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from previous backers Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Canaan Partners.

 

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Analytics platform Mixpanel snags $65 mln

San Francisco-based analytics platform Mixpanel has raised $65 million in funding, the company confirmed in a blog post on its site. The investor was return backer Andreessen Horowitz, according to Crunchbase. To read the announcement, visit here.

 

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Data company Mattermark raises $6.5 mln, Feld joins board

Mattermark, which provides a data platform used by investors to track private companies, has raised a $6.5 million Series A round that was led by Foundry Group. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2013 and has now raised $11.3 million in total funding. Participating in the Series A was many of the company’s seed-stage investors, including 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Sherpa Ventures, Felicis Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Version One Ventures and many individuals, including Jeff Lawson, Carter Rabasa, Damien Tanner, Daniel Clark, Eileen Burbidge, Elliot Loh, Enrico Pandian, Eric Ries, Ullas Naik and others. As part of the Series A round, Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry, has joined the Mattermark board.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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