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NEA, Foundry Group, Madrona seed $3.25 mln in Spare5

New Enterprise Associates, the Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and prominent angel investors provided $3.25 million in seed funding to Spare5, a mobile application that pays people to provide expert insight in their spare time. Spare5 is the first company to spin out of startup studio Madrona Venture Labs. Madrona Venture Group’s Greg Gottesman and Foundry’s Brad Feld will join Spare5’s board of directors.

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SendGrid racks up over $20 mln

Boulder-based email delivery platform SendGrid has received over $20 million in Series C funding. The investors were Bain Capital Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and Foundry Group.

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VigLink picks up Series C funding, also buys LinkSmart

VigLink has received additional Series C financing from Foundry Group and Costanoa Venture Capital. The capital infusion raises the company’s overall funding tally to $20 million. Also, VigLink has bought publisher network LinkSmart. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in San Francisco, VigLink is an outbound-traffic monetization service for publishers, forums and bloggers.

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Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s A-Grade Investments back Rover

Rover.com has received undisclosed funding from Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle’s venture fund A-Grade Investments. Headquartered in Seattle, Rover.com is an online community that connects dog owners with dog sitters. It is also backed by Menlo Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Foundry Group and Petco.

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Urban Airship pulls in $12.1 mln

Urban Airship has raised $12.1 million in Series D funding. The investors included True Ventures, Foundry Group and August Capital. Urban Airship is a provider of mobile relationship management solutions.

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MobileDay scores over $6 mln Series A

According to an announcement on its site, MobileDay has secured over $6 million in Series A funding. Foundry Group led the round with participation from Innoventure Partners, Drummond Road Capital, SoftBank, Google Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures and SoftTech. Based in Boulder, Colorado, MobileDay provides one-tap mobile dialing into any conference bridge. To read the post, visit here.

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More VCs tackling home security: VCJ

When venture capitalists talk about security investments, they’re usually referring to cyberspace. Lately, however, early-stage VCs have also actively invested in the brick-and-mortar world of home security.

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Online identity platform About.me pulls in $11 mln Series B

Online identity platform About.me said Tuesday that it has closed $11 million in Series B funding. Foundry Group led the round with participation from True Ventures, SoftTech VC, CrunchFund and Bullpen Capital. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for expansion and product building. In addition to the funding, Brad Feld, managing director at Foundry Group, has been added to About.me’s board of directors.

Foundry Group backs Nix Hydra

Nix Hydra said Thursday that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The investors included Foundry Group and Mike Lazerow, CEO and co-founder of Buddy Media. Based in Los Angeles, Nix Hydra is a software entertainment firm focused on developing products for young women.

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Recent funds in UTIMCO’s portfolio make gains: VCJ

The University of Texas Investment Management Company’s venture portfolio includes bets on recent funds from Union Square Ventures, IA Ventures, Foundry Group, True Ventures, Cendana Capital and now Techstars and Pinto Technology Ventures. A good number have started well and, through early this year, continued to make gains.

Distil Networks pulls in $10 mln Series A

Distil Networks said Wednesday that it has closed $10 million in Series A funding. Foundry Group and Techstars’ Bullet Time Ventures led the round with participation from ff Venture Capital, IDEA Fund Partners and Militello Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Ryan McIntyre of Foundry Group and Bullet Time Ventures’ David Cohen have been named to Distil Networks’ board of directors. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Distil Networks is a provider of bot detection and mitigation solutions.

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UTIMCO’s bet on young firms continues to pay off: VCJ

The University of Texas Investment Management Company’s bet on young, emerging venture firms over the past decade or so, including Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Foundry Group, continues to pay off, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

ScaleVP leads Series B round for Pantheon

Pantheon said Thursday that it has raised $21.5 million in Series B financing. Scale Venture Partners led the round with participation from OpenView Partners, Foundry Group and First Round Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Rory O’Driscoll, a partner at ScaleVP, has been added to Pantheon’s board of directors. Based in San Francisco, Pantheon is a website platform for professional developers, designers and marketers.

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Orboxtix nabs $15.5 mln

Orbotix has secured $15.5 million in funding. The investors were Shea Ventures, Grishin Robotics and Foundry Group. Based in Boulder, Orbotix is a connected toy company.

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