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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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Gogbot pulls in $20 mln

San Francisco-based Gogobot, a social travel site, has received $20 million in Series C funding. HomeAway led the round with participation from return backers Redpoint Ventures and Battery Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples has been appointed to Gogobot’s board of directors. According to the company, the capital will be used for growth and expansion.

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Warburg Pincus invests $100 mln in Avalara

Warburg Pincus has invested $100 million in Avalara, Inc., which provides cloud-based software for sales tax and other tax compliance. With the Warburg investment, Avalara has raised more than $200 million since 2004 from investors including Sageview Capital and Battery Ventures.

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Drillinginfo taps banks for an IPO, say sources-Reuters

Drillinginfo Inc, a company that gathers and manages data used in oil and gas exploration, has selected underwriters to lead a potential initial public offering that could value the firm at more than $500 million, sources told Reuters.

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Stratoscale attracts $32 mln Series B

Stratoscale has closed $32 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital led the round with participation from Cisco Investments, SanDisk, Battery Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. Based in Israel, Stratoscale is a software platform for hyper-convergence.

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Battery Ventures leads $15 mln funding in Nitro

Battery Ventures has led a $15 million funding round in Nitro, a document productivity company. Michael Brown, a general partner at Battery, will join Nitro’s board of directors. The latest funding brings Nitro’s total funding to $21.6 million.

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