Foundry Group leads $12.5 mln round for Pioneer Square Labs

Seattle-based Pioneer Square Labs, a studio that creates and launches tech startups, has secured $12.5 million in funding. Foundry Group led the round with participation from other investors that included Bezos Expeditions, Greycroft Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron, Menlo Ventures, MHS Capital, True Ventures, Voyager Capital and Vulcan Capital.


Fundbox raises another $50 mln

Fundbox said Thursday it has raised an additional $50 million in equity funding led by new investor Spark Capital Growth with participation from Bezos Expeditions (the personal investment arm of Jeff Bezos), Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures and Entrée Capital. Existing investors, including Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Shlomo Kramer, and Blumberg Capital, also participated. San Francisco-based Fundbox, a cash flow optimization tool for small businesses, raised $40 million in Series B funding in March.

D-Wave Systems snags C$29 mln

D-Wave Systems Inc, a quantum computing company headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, has secured C$29 million in funding. The investors in this round were not named; however, D-Wave’s previous backers include Bezos Expeditions, BDC Capital, DFJ, Goldman Sachs, Growthworks, Harris & Harris Group, In-Q-Tel, International Investment and Underwriting and Kensington Partners Limited.

Andreessen Horowitz backs Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange, a network of question and answer websites, has secured $40 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. The bulk of that funding comes mostly from Andreessen Horowitz. In addition to the funding, the venture firm’s Chris Dixon will be joining Stack Exchange’s board of directors as an observer. Previous backers of Stack Exchange are Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions. To read the announcement, visit here.



Rethink Robotics pulls in $26.6 mln Series D

Boston-based robots maker Rethink Robotics has raised $26.6 million in Series D funding. GE Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Two Sigma Ventures.


VC-backed Juno Therapeutics rolls out IPO

Juno Therapeutics has debuted its IPO after pricing its over 11 million shares at $24 per share. The stock began trading Friday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “JUNO.” Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Securities and Goldman Sachs are the lead underwriters. Based in Seattle, Juno is a biotech company focused on developing immunotherapies for cancer. Its backers include Bezos Expeditions, Venrock, ARCH Venture Partners and the Alaska Permanent Fund.


Mobile security company Lookout pulls in $150 million

San Francisco-based mobile security firm Lookout has closed $150 million in funding. T. Rowe Price Associates-managed funds led the round with participation from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, Mithril Capital Management, Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Allen & Company served as financial advisor on this transaction.

Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos and Venrock back Juno Therapeutics

Juno Therapeutics, a Seattle-based biotech company focused on developing immunotherapies for cancer, has raised an additional $56 million in Series A funding, closing the round at $176 million. The investors included Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment firm of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and Venrock. Also, Juno has named Dr. Mark W. Frohlich as executive vice president of R&D and Barney Cassidy as general counsel.

Aviary Raises $6M From Spark, Bezos, Others

Aviary said it closed a $6 million round of funding from Spark Capital, Bezos Expeditions, and unidentified strategic investors. The New York company, which is developing a photo editing platform, said the platform is used by 8 million people, who have edited 100 million photos in the past 30 days. PRESS RELEASE Aviary’s usage skyrockets, […]

Menlo Ventures Leads Uber Series B–CORRECTED

An earlier version of this statement contained inaccurate information that was provided to peHUB. According to the VC’s site, “Menlo Ventures leads a $32m Series B investment in Uber, an on-demand car services company that is revolutionizing personal transportation.” An earlier version of this story mis-stated the round and value of the investment.

Workday Closes $85M Round

Workday Inc., a maker of software-as-a-service products for enterprise human resources, payroll and financial management, has raised $85 million in Series F financing. T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Janus Capital Group Inc. and Bezos Expeditions contributed to the round. Workday was formed in 2005, and focuses on a cloud-based alternative for HR software. Allen & Co. acted as financial adviser to Workday for the financing.

Groupon Buys Pelago

Daily deals site Groupon has acquired Pelago, the venture-backed creator of the location-based application Whrrl, the companies announced on their respective blogs. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Pelago’s Whrrl service will be retired at the end of April, the companies said. Pelago was reportedly backed by more than $20 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, T-Venture, Trilogy Equity Partners, Bezos Expeditions, DAG, and Reliance Technology Ventures.

Doxo Calls Up $10M Series B

Seattle-based Doxo, which develops secure “digital file cabinet” technology for receiving and organizing bills and other important documents, has closed a $10 million Series B round. Sigma Partners led the round, which included participation from Series A investors Mohr Davidow Ventures and Bezos Expeditions.

Checking In With Whrrl Mastermind Jeff Holden

Pelago has the distinction of being the first company to raise money in 2008 from the iFund, the Kleiner Perkins fund that backs products that run on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad. What’s remarkable about that is that the Seattle-based company was initially seeded by individual investors in 2006, a year before Apple’s iPhone was […]

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