VC-backed Avalara recruits Falle as North American channel chief

Bainbridge Island, Washington-based Avalara, which provides software for sales tax and other transactional tax compliance, has hired Patrick Falle as North American channel chief. Previously, Falle worked at Imperva where he served as director of sales and was a founding employee. Avalara’s backers include Sageview Capital, Battery Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Technology Crossover Ventures and Arthur Ventures.

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6sense raises $20 mln, led by Bain Capital Ventures

Bain Capital Ventures has led a $20 million Series B funding round in 6sense, a SaaS-based predictive intelligence platform for marketing and sales.  Previous investors Battery Ventures and Venrock also participated in the round. The deal is the first for Indy Guha since he was promoted to partner at Bain Capital Ventures last week. As part of the funding, he will join the board of 6sense. The funding brings the total financing to $36 million for the San Francisco-based company.

Dominguez, ex-Cisco Systems senior exec, joins Sprinklr

Carlos Dominguez has joined Sprinklr as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Dominguez will guide Sprinklr’s strategic direction and oversee business operations for the company. Dominguez spent 22 years at Cisco Systems where he most recently served as a technology evangelist and representative for the chairman and CEO. New York-based Sprinklr, a provider of social media management software, raised $40 million in Series D funding last year from investors ICONIQ Capital, Battery Ventures and Intel Capital.

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Battery Ventures buys Enviance

Battery Ventures has acquired Carlsbad, California-based Enviance, a provider of environmental, health and safety management software. No financial terms were disclosed.

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Battery Ventures acquires Lansmont Corp and Team Corp

Battery Ventures has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Lansmont Corp and Team Corp. No financial terms were disclosed. Both companies will merge with Data Physics, which Battery acquired last year. Based in Monterey, California, Lansmont is a maker of products for measuring real-world dynamics and simulating them in laboratory environments while Team, a Lansmont subsidiary located in Burlington, Washington, is a provider of high performance test and measurement solutions for noise and vibration applications.

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Talent marketplace Koru scores $8 mln

Seattle-based talent marketplace Koru has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Maveron led the round with participation from other investors that included participation from City Light Capital, Trilogy Equity Partners, Battery Ventures and First Round.

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Xenex picks up $25 mln

Xenex Disinfection Services has raised $25 million in new funding. The investors included Brandon Point Industries Limited, Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II and RK Ventures. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Xenex is a provider of UV room disinfection systems for healthcare facilities.

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Thakker joins Battery Ventures from Intel Capital

Battery Ventures announced today that Dharmesh Thakker, a former Intel Capital managing director who was an early investor in platform companies Mirantis, enLighted, BlueData and Elastic Box, is joining the firm as a general partner. Thakker, who will work out of Battery Ventures’ office in Menlo Park, Calif., is due to start on Feb. 1. At Battery, he will focus on venture investments in cloud infrastructure, big data, security and next-generation enterprise applications. Thakker joined Intel Capital in 2011. He previously was with Advanced Technology Ventures.

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Business analytics provider Interana raises $20 mln led by Index

Interana, a provider of metrics for businesses to see how customers behave and products are used announced it has raised $20 million in Series B funding. Index Ventures led the round, with participation from new investors AME Cloud Ventures and individuals Harris Barton (an angel investor and former San Francisco 49ers lineman) and Mike Olson (chief strategy officer at Cloudera). Existing investors also participated in the round, such as Battery Ventures, Data Collective and Fuel Capital. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Interana has now raised $28.2 million in total funding. As part of the Series B, Mike Volpi, general partner at Index Ventures, has joined the Interana board.

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Home network Porch.com nabs over $65 mln

Home network Porch.com has closed over $65 million in funding. The investors included Valor Equity Partners, Lowe’s Companies Inc, Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Panorama Point Partners, Capricorn Investment Group and home improvement expert Ty Pennington. In addition to the funding, Antonio Gracias, CEO of Valor Equity Partners, has been appointed to Porch’s board of directors.

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Glassdoor racks up $70 mln

Mill Valley, Calif.-based Glassdoor, an online jobs and career marketplace, has secured $70 million in funding. Google Capital and Tiger Global led the round with participation from Battery Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures.

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Avalara acquires VC-backed VATLive.com

Avalara has bought Bainbridge Island, Washington-based VATLive.com, an online tax news resource. No financial terms were disclosed. VATLive.com’s backers included Sageview Capital, Battery Ventures, Warburg Pincus and Arthur Ventures.

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Narrative Science grabs $10 mln

Chicago-based Narrative Science, which turns data into narratives, has raised $10 million in funding. USAA led the round with participation from previous backers Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures), Jump Capital and Battery Ventures. In conjunction with the investment, Jai Das, managing director at Sapphire Ventures, has been appointed to the the Narrative Science board of directors.

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Boost Media fetches $19 mln Series C

San Francisco-based Boost Media, a provider of creative optimization marketing technology, has closed $19 million in Series C funding. Battery Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Javelin Venture Partners, Pinnacle Ventures and Webb Investment Network. In addition to funding, Boost Media has appointed Roger Lee, a general partner at Battery Ventures, to its board of directors. Also, the company has hired Michael Feldman as senior vice president of business development and Jeff McCarthy as vice president of customer success.

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Veradocs picks up $14 mln

Data security start-up Veradocs has received $14 million in funding. Battery Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Amplify Partners. In addition to the funding, Veradocs has named Roger Lee, a general partner at Battery Ventures, to its board. Also, the company has hired Robin Daniels as its chief marketing officer.

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Upfront names Kara Nortman as partner

Upfront Ventures has added Kara Nortman as a partner, according to a blog post from Partner Mark Suster. Nortman is presently board chair at Seedling and previously co-founded Moonfrye. She spent nearly seven years at IAC where she was SVP at Urbanspoon and Citysearch, and earlier co-headed the M&A group. She also spent time at Battery Ventures, Morgan Stanley and Microsoft.

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