Mobile analytics startup Amplitude raises $9 mln led by Benchmark

San Francisco-based Amplitude Analytics, a provider of a mobile analytics platform to help users grow their apps, announced it has raised a $9 million Series A round of funding led by Benchmark. Existing investors Quest Venture Partners, Data Collective, Merus Capital and individuals Charlie Cheever and Dave Morin, among others, also participated. The company, founded in 2012, previously raised a $2 million seed-stage round last year. As part of the Series A round, Eric Vishria, a general partner at Benchmark, has joined the board.


IBM buys VC-backed Compose

IBM has acquired San Mateo, California-based Compose, a provider of database management solutions for developers. No financial terms were disclosed. According to Crunchbase, Compose’s backers included Trinity Ventures, Data Collective, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, SV Angel and Webb Investment Network.


Kentik scores $12.1 mln

San Francisco-based Kentik (formerly CloudHelix), a network visibility and analytics solutions provider that has launched from stealth, has raised $12.1 million in Series A funding. August Capital led the round with participation from return backers First Round Capital and Data Collective.


Airtable pulls in $7.6 mln

Database provider Airtable has secured $7.6 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. CRV led the round with participation from Caffeinated Capital, Crunchfund, Data Collective, Founder Collective and Freestyle Capital. Other investors included Brennan O’Donnell, vice president of sales and customer success at SurveyMonkey; Ilya Sukhar, founder of Parse and director of product management at Facebook; Othman Laraki, co-founder of Color Genommics; and Joshua Reeves, CEO and co-founder of ZenPayroll. In addition to the funding, Francis Larkin has been named vice president of growth.

SigOpt picks up $2 mln

SigOpt has secured $2 million in funding, the company confirmed in a blog post on its site. Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective led the round. Based in Palo Alto, California, SigOpt builds tools that help users optimize every aspect of their platform, from A/B tests to expensive experiments. To read the announcement, visit here.


Data Collective leads Series A round for Zymergen

Emeryville, California-based chemicals maker Zymergen has raised $44 million in Series A funding. Data Collective led the round with participation from AME Cloud Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, HVF, Innovation Endeavors, Obvious Ventures, True Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures.


Metabiota snags $30 mln

Comprehensive risk analytics provider Metabiota has raised $30 million in funding. RSTP led the round with participation from Capricorn Health & Special Opportunities, WP Global Partners, Industry Ventures and Data Collective.


Vouch grabs $6 mln Series A

San Francisco-based Vouch, a social network for credit, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The investors were Core Innovation Capital, Data Collective, Stanford StartX Fund, Cooley LLP, First Round Capital, Greylock, IDG Ventures and AngelList.


StrongDM fetches $800K

StrongDM a monitoring service that detects real-time data errors, has received $800,000 in seed funding. Bloomberg Beta led the round with participation from other investors that included Data Collective and SocialStarts.

Bitfusion raises $1.45 mln seed round

Bitfusion said Wednesday that it closed a seed round of funding worth $1.45 million. Investors include Data Collective VC, Resonant VC and the Geekdom Fund. Austin-based Bitfusion provides technology that aims to boost application performance without the need to rewrite code.

VC-backed Interana appoints VP of engineering

Menlo Park, California-based Interana, a provider of self-service analytics for event data, has named Rich Sanzi as vice president of engineering. Previously, Sanzi worked at NetApp, where he served as vice president of engineering. Interana is backed by Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Index Ventures, SV Angel and Y Combinator.

VC-backed Metamarkets adds Payne to board

Metamarkets, a provider of programmatic marketing analytics, has named Jim Payne to its board of directors. Payne is the founder and former CEO of MoPub, a mobile ad exchange that was acquired by Twitter. Metamarkets is backed by Data Collective, Khosla Ventures, Village Ventures, IA Ventures and True Ventures.


Ginkgo Bioworks nabs $9 mln Series A

Boston-based organism design company Ginkgo Bioworks has received $9 million in Series A funding. The investors were Felicis Ventures, OS Fund, Data Collective, iGlobe Partners and Vast Ventures.

Andreessen Horowitz GP Srinivasan to work full-time at bitcoin startup

Balaji Srinivasan, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will be working full-time at bitcoin startup 21 Inc, which he co-founded. Srinivasan made the announcement in a blog post on the venture firm’s site. However, Srinivasan will remain part-time as a board partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he says he will continue to lead new investments, build the firm’s software team and help entrepreneurs. According to Crunchbase, 21 has just raised $116 million in funding. Investors in that round included Andreessen Horowitz, Peter Thiel, Qualcomm Ventures, Data Collective and Khosla Ventures. In December 2013, Marc Andressen announced on the firm’s site that Srinivasan was joining the firm. To read the post about Srinivasan working full-time at 21, visit here.



Spreadsheet startup Airtable fetches $3 mln

San Francisco-based spreadsheet startup Airtable, which publicly launched on Wednesday, has secured $3 million in funding, said a source at the company. The backers included Caffeinated Capital, Freestyle Capital, Data Collective, Crunchfund, Box Group, Ashton Kutcher, Aaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator and Othman Laraki, former vice president of product at Twitter.

Data Collective leads $15 mln round for Metamarkets

Metamarkets, a real-time analytics platform for the digital advertising space, has secured $15 million in funding. Data Collective led the round with participation from other investors that included Khosla Ventures, IA Ventures, True Ventures and Village Ventures.

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