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Let’s see some fireworks

A high-profile sexual discrimination trial happening right now pittingEllen Pao against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has turned a spotlight on what many believe is a culture of sexism in Silicon Valley.

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SimpliVity snags $175 mln Series D

Westborough, Massachusetts-based IT infrastructure company SimpliVity has secured $175 million in Series D funding. Waypoint Capital led the round with participation from return backers Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Meritech Capital Partners. Morgan Stanley was the placement agent for SimpliVity.

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Social+Capital to raise $450 mln third fund

Social+Capital Partnership is raising a $450 million third fund. The new fund – Social Capital Partnership III – is a step up from the firm’s second fund, which in 2013 targeted $325 million.

Nicolas Giacobone, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.and Armando Bo pose with the Oscars for best original screenplay for "Birdman"
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peHUB First Read

First Read kicks off the week with news of Valeant Pharmaceuticals to acquire Salix for about $10 billion, Apple plans on investing $2 billion in building green data centers in Ireland and Denmark and “Birdman” wins big at the Oscars while “Boyhood” is mostly snubbed.

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Invuity pulls in $20 million in Wellington-led round

San Francisco-based Invuity Inc, a surgical photonics company, has closed $20 million in funding. Wellington Management LLP led the round with participation from other investors that included HealthCare Royalty Partners, Valence Life Sciences, InterWest Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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Qumulo scores $40 mln in KPCB-led round

Seattle-based enterprise data storage company Qumulo has secured $40 million in Series B funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from return backers Highland Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Valhalla Partners. In conjunction with the funding, Wen Hsieh, a partner at KPCB and Matt McIlwain, a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, have been added to Qumulo’s board.

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peHUB First Read

First Read braces against the Tuesday chill with news Apple will invest $2 bln to create a command center, Google may be about to go to war against former BFF Uber and a former KPCB partner seeks $16 mln in discrimination lawsuit.

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KPCB tried to acquire Social + Capital Partnership – Fortune

According to a Fortune article, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recently tried to buy fellow venture firm Social + Capital Partnership. No financial terms were disclosed. However, as the report says, “talks ended within the past few weeks, and are now considered to be dead.” If the deal had gone through, contends Fortune, Social + Capital Partnership’s Chamath Palihapitiya, Ted Maidenberg and Mamoon Hamid would have become partners at KPCB’s venture practice.

 

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