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.


Greenhouse Software nets $13.6 mln Series B

San Francisco and New York City-based Greenhouse Software, a recruiting optimization platform, has secured $13.6 million in Series B funding. Benchmark led the round with participation from The Social+Capital Partnership, Felicis Ventures and Resolute Ventures. According to the company, the capital will be used for sales, marketing, services and product development.

Culture Amp snags $6.3 mln Series A

San Francisco and Melbourne-based Culture Amp, which measures the happiness of employees at companies, has raised $6.3 million in Series A funding. Felicis Ventures, Index Ventures and Blackbird Ventures led the round. In conjunction with the funding, Wesley Chan, managing director at Felicis Ventures, has been added to Culture Amp’s board.


Emailage nets $3.8 mln

Chandler, Arizona-based Emailage, a provider of fraud prevention solutions, has secured $3.8 million in funding. Felicis Ventures led the round with participation from Double M Partners and Mucker Capital.


Pindrop Security scores $35 mln Series B

Atlanta-based Pindrop Security, a provider of phone fraud prevention and call center authentication solutions, has closed $35 million in Series B financing. Institutional Venture Partners led the round with participation from return backers Andreessen Horowitz, Citi Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Webb Investment Network. In conjunction with the funding, Somesh Dash, a general partner at IVP, will join Pindrop Security’s board of directors.


Bluecore attracts $6 mln Series A

Bluecore, formerly known as TriggerMail, has raised $6 million in Series A funding, the company confirmed in a blog post on its site. FirstMark Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Felicis Ventures, Founders Co-op and Bullet Time Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, Amish Jani has been added to Bluecore’s board of directors. Based in New York City, Bluecore provides email marketing services for ecommerce firms. To read the announcement, visit here.


Felicis expands fourth fund to $120.6 mln

Felicis Ventures has expanded the size of its fourth fund to $120.6 million from 96.4 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The expansion coincides with the addition of Wesley Chan as a new managing partner at the firm.


Polaris Partners leads Series A round for health app First Opinion

San Francisco-based First Opinion, an app that helps users get personal health consultations from doctors, has closed $6 million in Series A funding. Polaris Partners led the round with participation from return backers that included True Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and Monashees Capital.


Data company Mattermark raises $6.5 mln, Feld joins board

Mattermark, which provides a data platform used by investors to track private companies, has raised a $6.5 million Series A round that was led by Foundry Group. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2013 and has now raised $11.3 million in total funding. Participating in the Series A was many of the company’s seed-stage investors, including 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Sherpa Ventures, Felicis Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Version One Ventures and many individuals, including Jeff Lawson, Carter Rabasa, Damien Tanner, Daniel Clark, Eileen Burbidge, Elliot Loh, Enrico Pandian, Eric Ries, Ullas Naik and others. As part of the Series A round, Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry, has joined the Mattermark board.

Microsoft buys VC-backed Acompli

Microsoft has acquired San Francisco-based mobile email solutions provider Acompli, the latter confirmed in a blog post on its site. No financial terms were disclosed. Acompli’s backers included Felicis Ventures, Harrison Metal and Redpoint Ventures. To read the announcement, visit here.



VC-backed Philo appoints new CEO

Next-generation TV platform Philo has hired Andrew McCollum as CEO. Previously, McCollum was an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Enterprise Associates and Flybridge Partners, both of which back Philo. The firm’s other investors include Xfund, Felicis Ventures, Rho Ventures and TriplePoint Capital.

Angry Birds creator Rovio CEO Hed to step down

Rovio Entertainment, which is backed by Felicis Ventures, said Friday that its CEO Mikael Hed will be leaving his position. Pekka Rantala will succeed him starting on January 1, 2015. The firm has named Hed as chairman of Rovio Animation Studios. Based in Finland, Rovio is the creator of Angry Birds.


GPS startup Swift Navigation bags $2.6 mln seed

Swift Navigation has secured $2.6 million in seed funding. First Round led the round with participation from Fall Line Capital, Felicis Ventures, Kal Vepuri, Lemnos Labs, Qualcomm Ventures and VegasTechFund. Based in San Francisco, Swift Navigation is a provider of GPS technology.

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Smart cup maker raises $3 mln from Felicis, Horizons

Felicis Ventures and Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures co-led a $3 million seed-stage funding in Mark One, a San Francisco-based maker of the smart cup Vessyl. The connected device keeps track of nutrients and other qualities of what a consumer drinks out of the cup.

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