Cyanogen raises $80 from Twitter, Rupert Murdoch and others

Palo Alto, California and Seattle-based Cyanogen Inc, a mobile operating system, has closed $80 million in Series C funding. Premji Invest led the round with participation from other investors that included Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries, Rupert Murdoch, Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures and Tencent Holdings Ltd.


Index Ventures exits X01

According to a blog post on its site, Index Ventures has sold X01 Ltd to Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary. No financial terms were disclosed. X01 is a cardiovascular drug startup. To read the announcement, visit here.

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Zuora attracts $115 mln from Wellington, BlackRock, Passport, others

Zuora said it raised a $115 million Series F round of financing in a deal that brought in new investors Wellington Management Company, BlackRock, Premji and Passport Capital. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Greylock Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Index Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Vulcan Capital, Next World Capital, Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff joined the round.


VC-backed Etsy files for IPO

Brookyn-based Etsy Inc, a marketplace where people buy and sell “unique goods,” has filed for an IPO. The number of shares to be sold as well as the stock’s pricing terms have yet to be set. Etsy plans on listing the stock on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “ETSY.” Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are the lead underwriters. Etsy’s backers include Index Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Accel Partners.

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.


VC-backed Datadog acquires Mortar Data

Datadog has bought New York-based Mortar Data, which helps companies build big data applications and data pipelines. No financial terms were disclosed. Datadog’s backers include Index Ventures, RTP Ventures, Openview Venture Partners and Amplify Partners.


Online furniture marketplace Move Loot nets $9 mln

Metamorphic Ventures has led a $9 million funding round for Move Loot, an online furniture marketplace. Other investors included First Round Capital, Index Ventures, Great Oaks, IDG, Sherpa Ventures, Y Combinator and Google Ventures.


Index Ventures leads $31 mln round for Datadog

Datadog, a New York City-based data monitoring service, has closed $31 million in Series C funding. Index Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included RTP Ventures, Openview Venture Partners and Amplify Partners.


Accel Partners leads $25 mln Series B funding in Deliveroo

Accel Partners has led a $25 million Series B funding round in Deliveroo, a food delivery service. Other participants in the funding round include Index Ventures, Hoxton Ventures and Hummingbird Ventures. Funding will help Deliveroo expand in the UK and internationally. The company already operates in London and Brighton. Accel Partners’ Fred Destin will join Deliveroo’s board.


Bauer Venture Partners leads funding round for Navabi

Germany-based plus-size women’s online apparel retailer Navabi has received 25 million euros in funding. Bauer Venture Partners led the round with participation from return backers that included Index Ventures, Seventure Partners, DuMont Venture and Klaus Wecken.


Business analytics provider Interana raises $20 mln led by Index

Interana, a provider of metrics for businesses to see how customers behave and products are used announced it has raised $20 million in Series B funding. Index Ventures led the round, with participation from new investors AME Cloud Ventures and individuals Harris Barton (an angel investor and former San Francisco 49ers lineman) and Mike Olson (chief strategy officer at Cloudera). Existing investors also participated in the round, such as Battery Ventures, Data Collective and Fuel Capital. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Interana has now raised $28.2 million in total funding. As part of the Series B, Mike Volpi, general partner at Index Ventures, has joined the Interana board.

Andreessen Horowitz backs Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange, a network of question and answer websites, has secured $40 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. The bulk of that funding comes mostly from Andreessen Horowitz. In addition to the funding, the venture firm’s Chris Dixon will be joining Stack Exchange’s board of directors as an observer. Previous backers of Stack Exchange are Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions. To read the announcement, visit here.



Meal replacement startup Soylent cooks up $20 mln

Meal replacement startup Soylent has raised $20 million in Series A funding, it was announced on the company’s blog. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from other investors that included Lerer Ventures and Index Ventures. In addition to the funding, Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has been added to Soylent’s board. To read the post, visit here.


Merck acquires VC-backed OncoEthix

Merck has bought Swiss-based OncoEthix, a biotech firm that focuses on developing cancer drugs. The acquisition is being made with an upfront payment of up to $110 million. OncoEthix’s backers included Index Ventures, SV Life Sciences, Endeavour Vision and Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners.


Truly Wireless rings up $1.4 mln seed

San Francisco and New York-based business voice platform Truly Wireless has received $1.4 million in seed funding. The investors included Index Ventures, Greylock Partners, Boldstart Ventures and Eniac Ventures.

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