Commonfund taps Blix as MD

By Iris Dorbian — 1 month ago

Investment firm Commonfund has named Ellen Blix as a managing director on its sales team. Previously, Blix worked at BlackRock where she served as a vice president in the global client group.


Corvus Pharmaceuticals rakes in $75 mln Series B

By Iris Dorbian — 2 months ago

Burlingame, California-based Corvus Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on treating cancer, has raised $75 million in Series B funding. Rock Springs Capital Management led the round with participation from other investors that included Fidelity Management and Research Company, Blackrock, Roche Venture Fund, Cormorant Asset Management, venBio Select, Cowen Private Investments, Orbimed, Novo Ventures and Adams Street Partners. Cowen and Company advised Corvus on the transaction.


VC-backed Prosper Marketplace taps LinkedIn’s Barrile as chief product officer

By Iris Dorbian — 3 months ago

San Francisco-based Prosper Marketplace, the parent of Prosper Funding, an online marketplace for consumer credit, has hired Parker Barrile as chief product officer. Previously, Barrile worked at LinkedIn where he served as vice president of product management. Prosper Marketplace’s backers include Institutional Venture Partners, Phenomen Ventures, Sequoia Capital and BlackRock.


VC-backed Zuora buys Frontleaf

By Iris Dorbian — 6 months ago

Zuora has acquired Frontleaf, a customer usage analytics provider. No financial terms were disclosed. Zuora’s backers include Wellington Management Company, BlackRock, Premji, Passport Capital, Benchmark Capital, Greylock Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Index Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Vulcan Capital and Next World Capital.