Ev Williams’ Medium inks $57 mln

Blogging platform Medium, which was launched by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, has secured $57 million in funding, the company announced on its site. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from other investors that included Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Obvious Ventures and The Chernin Group.


IVP, Andreessen Horowitz, Magic Johnson and John Legend back Walker & Company

Walker & Company Brands, a developer of products for people of color, has secured $24 million in Series B funding. Institutional Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Andreessen Horowitz, Upfront Ventures, Daher Capital, Collaborative Fund, Google Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Melo7 Tech Partners, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, John Legend and Ron Johnson. 


VC-backed Cool Planet expands tech advisory board with three additions

Greenwood Village, Colorado-based Cool Planet, a renewable energy and ag tech company, has appointed Greg Butler, Anne Gaffney and James F. White to its technical advisory board. Butler is a managing diector of Clean Carbon Pty Ltd while Gaffney is director of process science and technology at Idaho National Laboratory. And, White is a named inventor on over 100 U.S. and non-U.S. patents. Cool Planet’s backers include Google Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners.

Alector snags $32 mln Series C

Alector, a biotech company that focuses on treating Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, has secured $32 million in Series C financing. The investors included OrbiMed, Polaris Partners, Google Ventures, Topspin Partners and Mission Bay Capital.


RelayRides buys VC-backed SocialStudio

Car-sharing marketplace RelayRides has acquired SocialStudio, a maker of mobile apps JumpCam and FADE. No financial terms were disclosed. RelayRides’s backers include Canaan Partners, Google Ventures, August Capital, Shasta Ventures and Trinity Ventures while SocialStudio was backed by Trinity Ventures and Google Ventures.


Google Ventures leads $100 mln round for Carbon3D

Silicon Valley-based 3D printing company Carbon3D Inc has raised $100 million in funding. Google Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Yuri Milner, Reinet Fund, Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Kraftwerk and Northgate Capital.


Luxury travel deals site Secret Escapes grabs $60 mln

London-based Secret Escapes, a luxury travel deals site, has raised $60 million in Series C funding. Google Ventures and Octopus Investments led the round with participation from return backers Index Ventures and Atlas Venture. Torch Partners was the advisor on the transaction.


Granular rakes in $18.7 mln Series B

San Francisco-based Granular, a provider of farm management software and analytics tools, has secured $18.7 million in Series B funding. Tao Capital Partners led the round with participation from Emory Investment Management, Fall Line Capital, H. Barton Asset Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

VC-backed ThreatStream appoints Bush as CFO

Redwood City, California-based ThreatStream, a cyber security threat intelligence platform provider, has named Nancy Bush as chief financial officer. Previously, Bush worked at Adaptive Insights where she served as vice president of finance. ThreatStream’s backers include General Catalyst Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Google Ventures and Paladin Capital Group.


UK publishing startup Lost My Name inks $9 mln

UK-based publishing startup Lost My Name has closed $9 million in Series A funding. The investors were Google Ventures, Greycroft, The Chernin Group, Allen & Co and former SunGard President and CEO Cris Conde.


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Yesware nabs $13.3 mln

Yesware has raised $13.3 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Foundry Group led the round with participation from Battery Ventures, Google Ventures, Golden Venture Partners and IDG Ventures. Based in Boston and San Francisco, Yesware is an all-in-one sales acceleration platform for salespeople.


VC-backed Cool Planet beefs up board of directors with new addition

Cool Planet, which converts non-food biomass into gasoline through mechanical and chemical processes, has named Dennis Weibling to its board of directors. Weibling is the managing director at Rally Capital LLC. Cool Planet’s backers include BP, Google Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners.


VC-backed HomeAway invests in Turkish vacation rental site Flat4Day

HomeAway Inc, a Austin, Texas-based online marketplace for vacation rentals, has acquired a minority stake in Flat4Day for $2 million. Based in Turkey, Flat4Day is a vacation rental website. HomeAway is backed by Austin Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Trident Capital, American Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and Google Ventures.

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