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Boston big data company RapidMiner raises $15 mln

Boston-based big data company RapidMiner announced it has raised a $15 million Series B round led by Ascent Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners. Also participating in the round are returning investors Earlybird Venture Capital and Open Ocean Capital. The company, which provides a predictive analytics platform, has now raised $20 million in total funding.

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Vista and STATS buy Automated Insights

Vista Equity Partners and STATS LLC has acquired Automated Insights Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Durham, North Carolina, Ai helps transform big data into written reports.

VC-backed Datadog acquires Mortar Data

Datadog has bought New York-based Mortar Data, which helps companies build big data applications and data pipelines. No financial terms were disclosed. Datadog’s backers include Index Ventures, RTP Ventures, Openview Venture Partners and Amplify Partners.

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VC-backed BlueData names marketing VP

Mountain View, California-based big data firm BlueData has hired Schroedl as vice president of marketing. Previously, Schroedl worked at Cisco Systems, where he served as director of product and solutions marketing for the cloud computing and data center software business. BlueData is backed by Ignition Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective.

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Goldman Sachs and Zodius leads $56 mln round for Antuit

Singapore-based Antuit Holdings Pte Ltd, a big data solutions provider, has raised $56 million in funding. Goldman Sachs and Zodius Capital led the round. In addition to the funding, Ankur Sahu and Vishal Bakshi, both of whom are managing directors at Goldman Sachs, have been added to Antuit’s board of directors.

VC-backed BlueData adds two to team

Mountain View, Calif.-based big data firm BlueData has hired Jim Lenox as vice president of worldwide sales and Greg Kirchoff as vice president of business development. Previously, Lenox worked at Midokura while Kirchoff worked at Microsoft. BlueData is backed by Ignition Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective.

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Big data cloud company Qubole raises $13 mln led by Norwest

Norwest Venture Partners has led a $13 million Series B round of funding in Qubole, a provider of a cloud-based big data platform. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has now raised $20 million in total funding. As part of the latest round, Rama Sekhar, principal at Norwest Venture Partners, has joined the board.

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Intersec attracts $20 mln Series B

Intersec has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The investors included Highland Capital Partners Europe. Concurrent with this funding, Laurence Garrett and Tony Zappala, partners at Highland Capital Partners Europe, have been added to Intersec’s board of directors. Headquartered in Paris and New York, Intersec is a provider of solutions that enable mobile operators to capture and monetize their network value through big data collection.

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Listen to Peter Thiel: video

In a keynote at our recent PartnerConnect conference, Peter Thiel shared his (strong) opinions about Apple, Google, Uber, tech founders, competition, phony technology companies and lots more.

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Xplenty rakes in $3 mln Series A

Xplenty has closed $3 million in Series A funding. The investors were Waarde Capital and previous backer Magma Venture Partners. Based in Tel Aviv, Xplenty is a big data platform powered by Hadoop.

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peHUB First Read

This morning’s First Read has news of a possible merger between two major rail operators, big data perplexes asset managers and a former Olympian faces sentencing for killing his girlfriend.

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OurCrowd and GE Ventures backs MedAware

MedAware said Thursday that it has closed $1 million in Series A financing. The investors were OurCrowd and GE Ventures. Based in Israel, MedAware is a provider of big data analytics for the medical prescription market.

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In-Q-Tel backs MemSQL

MemSQL has received an undisclosed investment from In-Q-Tel. Based in San Francisco, MemSQL is a provider of big data analytics.

VC-backed Motivity Labs names new CEO

Motivity Labs, which is backed by Naya Ventures, has hired Manish Tyagi as CEO and named Prabhakar Reddy as president of Motivity Solutions. Both will also join the firm’s board of directors. Based in Irving, Texas and India, Motivity Labs is a provider of mobile, cloud and big data solutions.

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Kleiner Perkins leads $106 mln round in big data company DataStax

DataStax, which provides a big data platform built on Apache Cassandra, has raised a $106 million Series E round of funding in what is likely a pre-IPO round. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Joining the round are ClearBridge Investments, Cross Creek Advisors, Wasatch Funds, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has now raised $190 million in total funding, including a $45 million Series D round in July 2013.

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