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VUV Analytics nabs $9 mln Series A

Austin, Texas-based VUV Analytics Inc, a producer of the VGA-100 vacuum ultraviolet detector, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. The lead investor was S3 Ventures. In addition to the funding, VUV Analytics has named Clark Jernigan as CEO. Jernigan is a former venture partner at Austin Ventures.

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VC-backed HomeAway invests in CanadaStays

HomeAway Inc, a Austin, Texas-based online marketplace for vacation rentals, has made an undisclosed investment in CanadaStays, a Canadian vacation rental website. HomeAway is backed by Austin Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Trident Capital, American Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and Google Ventures.

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Civitas Learning attracts $16 mln

Austin, Texas-based Civitas Learning, a predictive analytics platform provider for higher education institutions, has closed $16 million in funding. Rethink Education led the round with participation from other investors that included previous backers Austin Ventures and Emergence Capital.

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KPCB leads Series C round for Ambiq Micro

Austin, Texas-based Ambiq Micro, which provides ultra-low power integrated circuits, has raised $15 million in Series C funding. KPCB led the round with participation from return backers that included Austin Ventures, Mercury Fund and ARM Holdings. In addition to the funding, KPCB partner Wen Hsieh has been added to Ambiq Micro’s board.

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Silvercar revs up $14 mln

Silvercar, a provider of airport car rentals, has raised $14 million in funding. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Velos Partners led the round with participation from Austin Ventures. In addition to the funding, Raj Ganguly of Velos Partners has been named to the firm’s board of directors while Saverin, chairman of Velos Partners, will become a board observer.

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Bubble-year funds struggle to get ahead: VCJ

Many bubble-year funds still struggle to turn the corner. This is the case at the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii, where mixed results describe a portfolio of 23 funds with vintages of 1998, 1999 and 2000.

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Student rental marketplace Comfy nabs $600K

Austin-based student rental marketplace Comfy has raised $600,000 in seed funding. Mark Lee, a partner at Dominion Ventures, led the round with participation from investors that included Austin Ventures.

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Shell Technology Ventures backs Veros Systems

Shell Technology Ventures has backed Veros Systems. Other investors in the business include Austin Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and LiveOak Venture Partners. Veros is an industrial asset monitoring company based in Austin, Texas.

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Trending on peHUB this week: Some big exits and improving fund returns have put venture capital back into the spotlight.

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Tasktop racks up $11 mln Series A

Tasktop Technologies has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Austin Ventures led the round with participation from Yaletown Venture Partners. In addition to the funding, John Thornton, general partner at Austin Ventures and Mike Satterfield, partner at Yaletown Venture Partners, have been appointed to Tasktop’s board of directors. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Austin, Texas, Tasktop is a provider of ALM integration technology.

Genesis Inventions, McHale Labs lead $29 mln funding in TrackingPoint

Genesis Inventions LP and McHale Labs LLC have led a $29 million Series D funding round in TrackingPoint, which created a firearm tracking system giving shooters the ability to track and hit moving targets at long range. Other participants in the funding round include Austin Ventures, Goff Capital Inc. and several super angels.

Compare Metrics nabs $3.8 mln

Compare Metrics has secured $3.8 million in financing. Austin Ventures led the round with participation from Julie Allegro of Allegro Venture Partners, Bob Greene of Contour Ventures, Capital Factory, Mike Maples Jr. of Floodgate, Brett Hurt of Hurt Family Investments, Ralph Mack and Adam Ross. Based in Austin, Compare Metrics is a provider of adaptive commerce navigation and discovery tools.

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