Kinsa raises $9.6 mln from Kleiner, FirstMark, others

Kinsa said it raised $9.6 million in a Series A deal led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and joined by FirstMark Capital, Andy Palmer and others. KPCB partner Beth Seidenberg will join the board.Kinsa makes an FDA-cleared thermometer that connects to a smartphone and said the money would enable it to expand production, recruit staff, take on marketing efforts and expand the product line.


Optoro nets $50 mln Series C in KPCB-led round

Optoro has raised $50 million in Series C funding in a round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Other investors were Generation Investment ManagementRevolution Growth, Grotech Ventures and SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. In conjunction with the funding, Daniel Oros, a partner at KPCB, has been added to its board. Based in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, Optoro is a provider of solutions that lets retailers and manufacturers increase revenue from returned and excess inventory.


Area 1 secures Series A led by Kleiner Perkins

Cyber security startup Area 1 Security announced it has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company, which aims to eliminate  targeted attacks, has now raised $10. 5 million in total funding, following a seed-stage round earlier this year. Joining Kleiner Perkins in the Series A are Allegis Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Data Collective, First Round Capital, RedSeal Networks CEO and former Venrock Partner Ray Rothrock, and Shape Security CEO Derek Smith. As part of the round, Ted Schlein, general partner at Kleiner Perkins, has joined the company.


VC-backed LendingClub sets IPO pricing terms

According to an SEC filing, LendingClub Corp. has priced 57.7 million shares of its IPO at between $10 and $12 a share. The stock will trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “LC.” Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Citigroup are the lead underwriters. Based in San Francisco, LendingClub is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Its backers include Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Foundation Capital, KPCB and Morgenthaler Venture Partners.



Endgame scores $30 mln Series C

Endgame, a provider of security intelligence and analytics solutions for large businesses, has secured $30 million in Series C financing. The investors were Bessemer Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group, Columbia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Edgemore Capital, Top Tier Capital Partners and Savano Capital Partners.


KPCB backs Farmers Edge

Farmers Edge has secured an undisclosed investment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Farmers Edge is a provider of precision agriculture and independent data management solutions.


KPCB leads $6.5 mln round for Creditera

Creditera has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from other investors that included Peak Ventures. Based in San Mateo, Calif. Creditera provides credit information to small businesses.


Ron Johnson’s e-commerce startup Enjoy snags $30 mln

According to an announcement on its site, Enjoy, an e-commerce startup founded by former JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson, has received $30 million in overall funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Oak Investment Partners led the latest round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz. Enjoy will launch in 2015. To read more details about the funding, visit here.


Houzz snags $165 mln in Sequoia-led round

Palo Alto, Calif.-based home remodeling and design platform Houzz has secured $165 million in funding. Sequoia led the round with participation from Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DST Global and T. Rowe Price.


Battery maker Aquion Energy raises $24.6 mln

Pittsburgh-based Aquion Energy, which makes energy storage systems, has raised $24.6 million in new funding, according to a regulatory filing that says the total offering amount is $32.6 million. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Monday that the funding round will fuel the company’s operations through 2015. The regulatory filing didn’t indicate what investors participated in the round. The company had previously raised about $110 million in debt and equity from Advanced Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and TriplePoint Capital.


KPCB leads Series C round for Remind

Remind said Tuesday that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding. Return backer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from The Social+Capital Partnership and First Round Capital. Remind is a mobile communication product for teachers, students and parents.


Mayfield Fund leads $6.5 mln round for Massdrop

Massdrop has secured $6.5 million in a Series A funding. Mayfield Fund led the round with participation from other investors that include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital and Cowboy Ventures. Based in San Francisco, Massdrop is an online community for enthusiasts.

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Kleiner Perkins leads $106 mln round in big data company DataStax

DataStax, which provides a big data platform built on Apache Cassandra, has raised a $106 million Series E round of funding in what is likely a pre-IPO round. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Joining the round are ClearBridge Investments, Cross Creek Advisors, Wasatch Funds, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has now raised $190 million in total funding, including a $45 million Series D round in July 2013.

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