Celgene Corp. invests in biotech firm Sequenta

South San Francisco-base biotech firm Sequenta has received undisclosed funding from Celgene Corp. and various unnamed investors. Sequena is also backed by Foresite Capital Management, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Index Ventures.


VC-backed Boku buys Mopay

Boku has acquired rival Germany-based Mopay, a payment solutions provider for online merchants. No financial terms were disclosed. Boku is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.


Fundrise racks up $38 mln Series A

Washington, D.C.-based real estate crowdfunding platform Fundrise has received additional Series A funding, raising the total round to $38 million. The new investors include Guggenheim Partners and Terrence Rohan of Index Ventures.


Index Ventures, Jared Leto and Snoop Dogg back Robinhood

Retail brokerage platform Robinhood has raised $13 million in Series A funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Index Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that include Ribbit Capital, Aaron Levie, founder of Box, Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg and Nasir Jones of QueensBridge Venture Partners. In addition to the funding, Jan Hammer will join the company’s board of directors. To read more about the funding, visit here.


Lehigh Technologies nabs $8 mln

Lehigh Technologies said Wednesday that it has raised $8 million in funding. The investors included JSR Corp, Leaf Clean Energy, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, Index Ventures and Florida Gulfshore Capital. Based in Atlanta, Lehigh Technologies is a maker of green materials.


Mithril Capital leads $19 mln Series D funding round in DoubleDutch

Mithril Capital Management has led a $19 million Series D funding round in DoubleDutch, a mobile app event company. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures and Bullpen Capital also participated in the round, along with Singapore-based Enspire Capital. Ajay Royan, co-founder and managing general partner of Mithril, is joining the DoubleDutch board.


Mobile security company Lookout pulls in $150 million

San Francisco-based mobile security firm Lookout has closed $150 million in funding. T. Rowe Price Associates-managed funds led the round with participation from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, Mithril Capital Management, Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Allen & Company served as financial advisor on this transaction.


Music app Crossfader racks up VC funding

Music app Crossfader has received an undisclosed amount of funding. The investors included Tapinator, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Index Ventures, and True Ventures.


Index Ventures backs car repairs platform Autobutler

Autobutler, an online platform for car repairs, has received 5.8 million euros in funding. Index Ventures led the round. According to the firm, the capital will be used to expand across Europe with an initial focus on Germany and the UK.


Bitcoin wallet startup Xapo picks up $20 mln

Xapo, a bitcoin wallet startup in Palo Alto, Calif., has secured $20 million in Series A-1 funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Greylock Partners and Index Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Emergence Capital Partners, Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal, and Jerry Yang, founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures and co-founder of Yahoo!. In addition to the funding, Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi have been added as Xapo’s board observers. To read further details about the funding, visit here.

Newegg forms partnership with VC-backed BitPay to accept bitcoins

Electronics retailer Newegg has formed a partnership with BitPay to accept bitcoin payments on Newegg.com. In May, BitPay announced it had secured $30 million in Series A funding from Index Ventures, Horizon Ventures, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, RRE Ventures, TTV Capital, Sir Richard Branson and AME Cloud Ventures. BitPay’s total capital raised at the time was $32.7 million.

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