IA Ventures raised third fund at $160 mln

IA Ventures has raised a third fund which at $160 million is its largest. The new fund, IA Ventures Strategies Fund III, follows the firm’s $105 million second fund raised in 2011 and early 2012.


Signifyd inks $7 mln Series A

San Jose, California-based Signifyd, a provider of fraud protection solutions for the e-commerce sector, has secured $7 million in Series A funding. Allegis Capital led the round with participation from Resolute Ventures, IA Ventures, QED Investors, Lucas Ventures and Tekton Ventures. In addition to the funding, Pete Bodine, managing director at Allegis Capital, has been appointed to Signifyd’s board of directors.


Recorded Future pulls in $12 mln Series D

Recorded Future, a real-time threat intelligence analytics platform provider, has received $12 million in Series D funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Reed Elsevier Ventures led the round with participation from MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Google Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Atlas, IA Ventures and Balderton. In conjunction with the funding, Kevin Brown, general partner at Reed Elsevier Ventures, has been appointed to Recorded Future’s board. To find out further details on the funding, visit here.


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.

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.


Sight Machine grabs $5 mln in Mercury Fund-led round

Sight Machine has secured $5 million in funding. Mercury Fund led the round with participation from other investors that included Michigan eLab, Huron River Ventures, Orfin Ventures, Funders Club, IA Ventures and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Based in San Francisco and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sight Machine is a manufacturing analytics platform developer.

VC-backed The Trade Desk promotes Stempeck to chief client officer

Ventura, California-based The Trade Desk Inc, an global demand-side platform, has promoted Brian Stempeck to chief client officer. Previously Stempeck was the company’s senior vice president of strategic business development. The Trade Desk’s backers include Hermes Growth Partners and IA Ventures.


X.ai pulls in $9.2 mln Series A

New York City-based artificial intelligence firm x.ai has closed $9.2 million in Series A funding. FirstMark Capital led the round with participation from IA Ventures, Softbank Capital and Pritzker Group Venture Capital.


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.

X.ai nets $2.1 mln

New York City-based artificial intelligence firm x.ai has raised $2.1 million in seed funding. IA Ventures, Softbank and Lerer Ventures led the round.

Address change platform Updater scores $8 mln

Updater has closed $8 million in Series A funding. The investors were SoftBank Capital, Second Century Ventures, IA Ventures and Commerce Ventures. Also, the firm has named Ryan Hubbard as chief technology officer. Based in New York City, Updater is a relocation and address-change platform.

Updater Raises $5M From SoftBank, IA Ventures, Others

Updater said it raised about $5 million in a Series A round led by SoftBank Capital and IA Ventures. The company did not disclose its other investors. It said the money would be used to hired, expand technology resources and for marketing.

Cendana Has Final Close On Institutional Seed Fund Of Funds

Cendana Capital announced the final close of a pair of seed-based fund of funds on Friday. The institutional seed investor now has raised $88.2 million and taken a position with nine investment partnerships. The final close announced Friday in a document filed with Securities and Exchange Commission was on $28.2 million raised by Cendana Capital L.P.

Could New York’s Startup Scene Hit the Wall in 2013?

In recent years, buttoned-down New York City has become an epicenter of open-collared consumer Web startups, with one hot brand after another drawing in users and venture capital in tandem. But the city that doesn’t sleep may have to work through the night reinventing itself if investors’ growing infatuation with all things enterprise goes unabated.

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