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Smart motorcycle helmet maker SKULLY raises $11 mln

SKULLY, which makes a motorcycle helmet featuring a heads-up display, rear-facing camera and GPS, announced it has raised an $11 million Series A round. The funding was led by Walden Riverwood Ventures and Intel Capital and also included Formation 8, Techstars, Eastlink Capital and Western Technology Investments. As part of the round, Nicholas Brathwaite, partner of Walden Riverwood Ventures, has joined the board.


ScienceLogic picks up $43 mln in Goldman Sachs-led round

Goldman Sachs has led a $43 million Series D funding round for ScienceLogic. The company’s previous backers New Enterprise Associates and Intel Capital also participated in the round. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, ScienceLogic is a provider of IT monitoring software.


VC-backed BlueData names marketing VP

Mountain View, California-based big data firm BlueData has hired Schroedl as vice president of marketing. Previously, Schroedl worked at Cisco Systems, where he served as director of product and solutions marketing for the cloud computing and data center software business. BlueData is backed by Ignition Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective.

Dominguez, ex-Cisco Systems senior exec, joins Sprinklr

Carlos Dominguez has joined Sprinklr as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Dominguez will guide Sprinklr’s strategic direction and oversee business operations for the company. Dominguez spent 22 years at Cisco Systems where he most recently served as a technology evangelist and representative for the chairman and CEO. New York-based Sprinklr, a provider of social media management software, raised $40 million in Series D funding last year from investors ICONIQ Capital, Battery Ventures and Intel Capital.


Thakker joins Battery Ventures from Intel Capital

Battery Ventures announced today that Dharmesh Thakker, a former Intel Capital managing director who was an early investor in platform companies Mirantis, enLighted, BlueData and Elastic Box, is joining the firm as a general partner. Thakker, who will work out of Battery Ventures’ office in Menlo Park, Calif., is due to start on Feb. 1. At Battery, he will focus on venture investments in cloud infrastructure, big data, security and next-generation enterprise applications. Thakker joined Intel Capital in 2011. He previously was with Advanced Technology Ventures.

VC-backed BlueData adds two to team

Mountain View, Calif.-based big data firm BlueData has hired Jim Lenox as vice president of worldwide sales and Greg Kirchoff as vice president of business development. Previously, Lenox worked at Midokura while Kirchoff worked at Microsoft. BlueData is backed by Ignition Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective.

Powervation grabs $7 mln in debt and equity funding

Intelligent digital power firm Powervation, which is headquartered in Ireland, has raised $7 million in debt and equity financing. Ares Capital agreed to provide $3 million in debt funding while Powervation’s return backers that include Scottish Equity Partners, Braemar Energy Ventures, Intel Capital, VentureTech, 4th Level Ventures and Semtech Corp, are providing $4 million in equity funding.


Expect Labs picks up $13 mln Series A

MindMeld platform maker Expect Labs has secured $13 million in Series A funding. IDG Ventures and a USAA subsidiary led the round. Other investors included Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures, Telefónica Digital, Liberty Global Ventures, Fenox Ventures, Westcott, Quest Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and KPG Ventures.


InVisage Technologies snaps up $32.5 mln

Menlo Park, Calif.-based camera platform InVisage Technologies has received $32.5 million in funding. The investors in this round included China Oceanwide USA Holdings, GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital and RockPort Capital.

VC-backed ElasticBox names Yahoo’s Kail as a board advisor

ElasticBox has appointed Mike Kail to its board as a strategic advisor. Currently, Kail is CIO and SVP of infrastructure at Yahoo. ElasticBox is a provider of solutions that allow developers and businesses to deploy and manage apps. ElasticBox’s backers include Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital and Sierra Ventures.


Intel Capital expects to invest $355 mln this year

Intel Capital announced it invested $62 million in 16 companies pursing a range of products and technologies from wearable devices to drones to big data analytics. The investment arm of chipmaker Intel also said it expected its investments to total about $355 million this year, or slightly more than last year, when it invested $333 million in 146 deals.


Intel Capital leads $35 mln growth round in Gigya

Gigya, which provides data behavior analysis on users to companies, has raised $35 million in growth capital. Intel Capital led the round, which included Common Fund Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, Adobe, Advance Publications, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Greenspring Associates and Mayfield Fund. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has now raised $104 million in total funding, including a $25 million round in September 2013.


Avegant nabs $9.37 mln Series A

Avegant has raised $9.37 million in Series A funding. Intel Capital and NHN Investment led the round with participation from other investors that included Kaiwu Capital, Crunch Fund, 500 Startups, DN Capital, Calvin Broadus Jr. and the Michigan Angel Fund. Avegant is a developer of wearable near eye displays.


Intel Capital backs PrecisionHawk

Intel Capital has joined PrecisionHawk‘s previously announced $10 million Series B round. Also, Tammi Smorynski of Intel Capital has been named an advisor to the PrecisionHawk board. Based in Indianapolis, Raleigh, NC and Toronto, PrecisionHawk is an unmanned aerial systems and remote sensing firm.


Stratoscale attracts $32 mln Series B

Stratoscale has closed $32 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital led the round with participation from Cisco Investments, SanDisk, Battery Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. Based in Israel, Stratoscale is a software platform for hyper-convergence.


NetSpeed grabs Series B funds

NetSpeed Systems has secured an undisclosed amount of Series B funding. The investors were Walden-Riverwood Ventures and Intel Capital. In addition to the funding, Lip Bu Tan, co-founder of Walden-Riverwood Ventures, has been appointed chairman of NetSpeed’s board of directors. Based in San Jose, Calif., NetSpeed is an on-chip network IP supplier.

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