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Houzz snags $165 mln in Sequoia-led round

Palo Alto, Calif.-based home remodeling and design platform Houzz has secured $165 million in funding. Sequoia led the round with participation from Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DST Global and T. Rowe Price.

Online Payments Co. Klarna Lands $155M Financing

Klarna, an online payments service based in Stockholm, has closed $155 million financing from DST Global, General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital. The funding will support expansion efforts. With Klarna, consumers do not have to pay for products until they are delivered. The company says it handles more than $2.5 billion worth of transactions annually.

Silver Lake, DST Global Buying into Alibaba

Yunfeng Capital, Silver Lake and DST Global said on Thursday they will buy shares in Alibaba Group, China’s largest e-commerce company, by leading a tender offer for employee shareholders, option holders and certain other shareholders, Reuters reported. The deal would give Alibaba an enterprise valuation of about $32 billion, Reuters said.

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