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NBCUniversal to invest $200 mln in Vox Media

NBCUniversal said Wednesday it has agreed to invest $200 million in Vox Media. New York-based Vox, a digital media company, is backed by Accel Partners, Comcast Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and General Atlantic. NBCUniversal is a unit of Comcast Corp.

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Visa backs VC-backed payments startup Stripe

Visa Inc has made an undisclosed investment in Stripe, a mobile and online payment provider. According to Crunchbase, Stripe’s backers include Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst Partners.

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Cylance rakes in more than $42 mln Series C

Cylance Inc, which uses artificial intelligence to predict and prevent cyber attacks, has raised more than $42 million in Series C funding. DFJ Growth led the round with participation from KKR, Dell Ventures, CapitalOne Ventures, Thomvest,  DraperNexus, Blackstone, Fairhaven Capital, Khosla Ventures and TenEleven Ventures. In addition to the funding, Mark Bailey, co-founder and managing director of DFJ Growth, has been added to Cylance’s board of directors.

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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.

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Lending platform Upstart grabs $35 mln

Upstart has secured $35 million in Series C funding, according to a blog post by CEO Dave Girouard. Third Point Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital and Collaborative Fund. Based in Palo Alto, California, Upstart is a lending platform that aims to finance people based on signs of their potential including employment history and academic performance.

 

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Hardware startup LittleBits snags $44.2 mln

New York-based hardware startup LittleBits Electronics Inc has raised $44.2 million in funding. DFJ Growth led the round with participation from other investors that included Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners​, Grishin Robotics, Wamda Capital, Foundry Group​, True Ventures,​ VegasTechFund​, Two Sigma Ventures​ and Khosla Ventures​. In conjunction with the funding, Barry Schuler of DFJ Growth, has been added to the LittleBits board.

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Tile extends Series A with backing from Khosla Ventures

San Mateo, Calif.-based  Tile, maker of  a bluetooth-powered wearable device to keep track of items, announced it has raised a $3 million Series A extension from Khosla Ventures. Tile previoulsy raised $13 million in funding, including a $9.5 million Series A round led by GGV Capital and $3.5 million in seed-stage funding led by the large Chinese company Tencent. Other investors include Tandem Capital, Rothenberg Ventures and individuals. Tile said it has shipped 2 million of its tracking devices. The company raised $2.6 million via its Selfstarter campaign in 2013.

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VC-backed ClearStory Data hires Yahoo’s Howes as CTO

Menlo Park, California-based data intelligence solutions provider ClearStory Data has named Dr. Timothy A. Howes as its chief technology officer. Previously, Howes worked at Yahoo where he served as vice president of engineering. ClearStory Data is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, DAG Ventures, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Minaee joins Guardiant Health

Guardant Health said Thursday that it hired Mort Minaee as VP of Regulatory Affairs. Most recently, Minaee was the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Roche-Ventana Medical Systems. Redwood City, California-based Guardant Health, a cancer testing provider, has raised $100 million in VC funding. Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Formation8, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital.

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Spark Capital Growth leads $275 mln round for Affirm

San Francisco-based financial tech company Affirm has secured $275 million in funding. Spark Capital Growth led round with participation from Jefferies, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Affirm was co-founded by Max Levchin, who currently serves as CEO and is a co-founder of PayPal.

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MyTime racks up $9.25 mln Series B

San Francisco-based MyTime, an app that lets users book appointments, has secured $9.25 million in Series B funding. Upfront Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Khosla Ventures, Daher Capital, Accelerator Ventures and Westfield Corporation.

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Qualcomm Ventures leads $22 mln investment in Tapingo

San Francisco-based Tapingo today announced it has raised a $22 million round of funding led by Qualcomm Incorporated, through its investment arm Qualcomm Ventures. DCM Ventures, Kinzon Capital and existing investors Khosla Ventures and Carmel Ventures also participated in the round. The company, which provides a mobile shopping platform that’s targeted to college students, has now raised $36 million in total funding, including a $10.5 million Series B round last year.

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.

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KPCB leads Series B round for DoorDash

On-demand delivery company DoorDash has secured $40 million in Series B funding, it was announced in a blog post. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from return backers Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Charles River Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, John Doerr of KPCB has been added to the company’s board. To read more about the funding, visit here.

 

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KPCB leads Series C round for Ayasdi

Menlo Park, California-based Ayasdi, a provider of machine intelligence software, has secured $55 million in Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from Institutional Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, FLOODGATE, Citi Ventures, Centerview Capital Technology and Draper Nexus.

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General Catalyst leads Series B round for Fundbox

San Francisco-based Fundbox, a cash flow optimization tool for small businesses, has received $40 million in Series B funding. General Catalyst Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Khosla Ventures, Shlomo Kramer, Blumberg Capital and NyCa Investment Partners. Also, Hemant Taneja of General Catalyst has been added to Fundbox’s board of directors. In addition to the Series B financing, Fundbox has also received a new credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank and other unidentified institutions. No financial terms were disclosed.

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