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August picks up $38 mln in BVP-led round

San Francisco-based August, a builder of home security products, has received $38 million in Series B funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures.

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Shuddle nets $9.6 mln Series A

Family-focused rideshare service Shuddle has raised $9.6 million in Series A funding. RRE Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures, Forerunner Ventures and Accel Partners.

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VC-backed DocuSign names CMO

San Francisco-based electronic signature company DocuSign has hired Brad Brooks as chief marketing officer. Recently, Brooks worked at Juniper Networks where he served as CMO and senior vice president of global marketing. DocuSign’s backers include Samsung Ventures, BBVA Ventures, Accel Partners, Google Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Ignition Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sapphire Ventures and Scale Venture Partners.

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Instacart snags $220 mln Series C

Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has raised $220 million in Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, Valiant Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia.

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VHX reels in $5 mln in Comcast Ventures-led round

According to a blog post on its site, VHX has raised $5 million in Series B funding. Comcast Ventures led the round with participation from backers that included Union Square Ventures, Keith Calder, Lerer-Hippeau Ventures, Lowercase Capital and Alexis Ohanian. In addition to the funding, the company has added Comcast Ventures’ Sam Landman to its board. VHX is an online digital distribution platform that helps artists sell video content and connect with their fans. To read the announcement, visit here.

 

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Hired attracts $15 mln Series B

Job marketplace Hired has closed $15 million in Series B funding. The investors were Silicon Valley Bank, Comcast Ventures, Lumia Capital, Crosslink Capital, Sierra Ventures, SoftTech and SherpaVentures. According to the firm, the capital will be used for growth and expansion.

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Touchdown Ventures targets corporate venture market

Touchdown Ventures said it has established a service to help corporations launch, grow and manage venture capital programs. The firm said that among its first clients is Apollo Education Ventures, the newly formed venture capital arm of Apollo Education Group. Touchdown is founded by David Horowitz and Richard Grant, formerly of Comcast Ventures, and Scott Lenet, formerly of DFJ Frontier.

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Lytics snags $7 mln in round led by Comcast Ventures

Portland, Oregon-based Lytics, an adaptive digital marketing solutions provider, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Comcast Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Rembrandt Venture Partners and Voyager Capital.

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Benu Networks raises $27.7 mln

Benu Networks has raised a $27.7 million funding round. Liberty Global Ventures and Arris Group participated. Benu, which provides networking and software solutions for network operators deploying Wi-Fi and Cloud services, said it hired Dino Di Palma as its CEO. Existing investors include Spark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Comcast Ventures.

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GGV Capital leads $13.5 mln Series A funding in FlightCar

GGV Capital has led a $13.5 million Series A funding in FlightCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service operating at airports. Other participants in the funding include General Catalyst, SoftBank Capital and First Round Capital. Comcast Ventures and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin also invested. FlightCar has raised a total of $20 million to date, making co-founders Rujul Zaparde, 19, and Kevin Petrovic, 20, among the youngest entrepreneurs to have raised such large amounts of venture capital.

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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.

Windsor Circle bags $5.25 mln Series B

Windsor Circle has closed $5.25 million in Series B funding. Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corp. led the round with participation from IDEA Fund Partners, Triangle Angel Partners and Steve Case. Based in Durham, NC Windsor Circle is a provider of customer retention solutions.

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Axial racks up $11 mln Series B

Axial said Tuesday that it has secured $11 million in Series B funding. Comcast Ventures led the round with participation from previous backers Redpoint Ventures and First Round. Headquartered in New York City, Axial is a professional network comprised of members who run, advise and fund private firms.

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Burch Creative Capital leads Series B round for BaubleBar

BaubleBar has closed $10 million in Series B funding. Burch Creative Capital led the round with participation from Aspect Ventures, Triplepoint Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Accel Partners and Greycroft Partners. Based in New York, BaubleBar is an online jewelry retailer.

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Comcast Ventures and Iris Capital back Quantifind

Quantifind has received $12 million in finding. Comcast Ventures and Iris Capital led the round. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Quantifind is a tech firm that helps brands understand and identify which customer segments are impacting business outcomes.

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Comcast Ventures backs Bay Dynamics

Bay Dynamics said Tuesday that it has closed $8 million in Series A funding from Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corp. Based in San Francisco, Bay Dynamics is a provider of information risk intelligence.

Tastemade snags $25 mln Series C

Santa Monica, Calif.-based digital media startup Tastemade said Thursday that it has raised $25 million in Series C funding. Scripps Networks Interactive led the round with participation from Liberty Media, Redpoint Ventures, Raine Ventures and Comcast Ventures.

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Corporate venture investing rebounds: VCJ

Corporate venture investing rebounded solidly in the first quarter with activity shifting to big-dollar expansion and later-stage deals, according to affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal. The quarter is the fourth in a row of heightened corporate participation in venture deal making.

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