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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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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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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Animal nutrition tech firm Agrivida nabs $12 mln

Medford, Massachusetts-based Agrivida, an animal nutrition tech firm, has closed $12 million in Series D funding. Cultivian Sandbox Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Middleland Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures, Bright Capital Partners, Gentry Venture Partners, Northgate Capital and PrairieGold Venture Partners.

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Ionic Security rings up $40.1 mln Series C

Atlanta-based data protection platform Ionic Security has raised $40.1 million in Series C funding. Meritech Capital Partners led the round with participation from other investors that include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Tech Operators and Jafco Ventures.

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Instacart snags $220 mln Series C

Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has raised $220 million in Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, Valiant Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia.

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3-V Biosciences snags $28.5 mln Series D

Menlo Park, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical firm 3-V Biosciences has closed $28.5 million in Series D funding. New Enterprise Associates, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Rock Springs Capital Management led the round with participation from other investors that included Ally Bridge Group.

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Flexus Biosciences rakes in $38 mln Series B

Flexus Biosciences has raised $38 million in Series B funding. The investors were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, The Column Group and Celgene. Also, the firm has named Dr. David Goeddel, a managing partner at TCG, to its board of directors and Dr. Alexander Rudensky as chairman of its clinical and scientific advisory board. Based in San Carlos, Calif., Flexus is a cancer immunotherapy firm.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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