Life sciences startup Unchained Labs grabs $25 mln

Pleasanton, California-based life sciences tools startup Unchained Labs has closed $25 million in Series A funding. Novo Ventures, Canaan Partners and TPG Biotech led the round. Also, the company has acquired Optim, a multiplex protein stability platform for biologics. No financial terms were disclosed.


Borro raises $19.5 mln

Borro said Tuesday it has raised $19.5 million in funding led by OurCrowd and Rocket Internet. OurCrowd contributed more than $6 million of the capital raised while Rocket Internet increased its stake in Borro to 10 percent. Existing investors Canaan Partners, Eden Ventures and Augmentum Capital also participated in the round, the statement said. New York-based Borro allows individuals to use luxury assets –including fine art, antiques, jewelry, luxury watches, fine wine, prestige and classic cars — as collateral for loans. FT Partners provided financial advice to Borro.

ClusterHQ rakes in $12 mln

UK-based ClusterHQ, which is building a data layer for Docker, has secured $12 million in Series A funding, it was announced on the company’s site. Accel Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Canaan Partners. To read more details about the funding, visit here.


Cargomatic hauls in $8 mln, as it aims to be the Uber of trucking

Cargomatic, which provides a shipment matching technology to connect truck drivers with those who need to move freight, has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Canaan Partners led the round and was joined by Volvo Group Venture Capital, Rob Estes of Estes Express, Morado Venture Partners, SV Angel, Sherpa Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Structure Capital, Nicolas Berggruen, Scott Banister, Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil. The Venice, Calif.-based company had raised $2.6 million last June.


Beckon nabs $13 mln in Venrock-led round

Marketing intelligence software provider Beckon has raised $13 million in Series B funding. Venrock led the round with participation from other investors that included August Capital, Canaan Partners and El Dorado Ventures.

CytomX grabs $20 mln Series C

Biotech firm CytomX has received $20 million in Series C financing. Pfizer Venture Investments led the round with participation from previous backers Third Rock Ventures, Canaan Partners and the Roche Venture Fund. In addition to the funding, Dr. Elaine Jones, executive director of venture capital at Pfizer Venture Investments, has been added to CytomX’s board of directors. Her appointment becomes effective January 15, 2015.


Grocery delivery startup Instacart bags $210 mln

According to an SEC filing, Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has raised $210 million in a targeted $220 million funding round. A company spokesperson declined to add further information. Last June, Instacart received $44 million in Series B funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from previous backers Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Canaan Partners.



Tiger Global raises $2.5 bln venture fund

Tiger Global Management nearly doubled the amount of venture capital raised this quarter by unveiling a $2.5 billion fund in a document filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


VC-backed LendingClub sets IPO pricing terms

According to an SEC filing, LendingClub Corp. has priced 57.7 million shares of its IPO at between $10 and $12 a share. The stock will trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “LC.” Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Citigroup are the lead underwriters. Based in San Francisco, LendingClub is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Its backers include Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Foundation Capital, KPCB and Morgenthaler Venture Partners.



CompStak rakes in $4.4 mln

New York City-based CompStak, a marketplace for commercial real estate data, has secured $4.4 million in funding. Canaan Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included dmgi, Expansion VC and Rubenstein Partners.


AdNear scores $19 mln

Singapore-based AdNear, a location intelligence firm, has received $19 million in funding. The investors were Telstra Ventures, Global Brain, Sequoia Capital and Canaan Partners. Also, Mark Sherman, managing director at Telstra Ventures, has been added to AdNear’s board of directors.

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