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KKR leads $15 mln round for Artivest

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has led a $15 million round for Artivest. Existing investors RRE Ventures, Peter Thiel, Nyca Partners, Anthemis Group and FinTech Collective also participated. New York-based Artivest offers a digital platform that connects private equity and hedge funds with suitable investors.

Andreessen Horowitz GP Srinivasan to work full-time at bitcoin startup

Balaji Srinivasan, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will be working full-time at bitcoin startup 21 Inc, which he co-founded. Srinivasan made the announcement in a blog post on the venture firm’s site. However, Srinivasan will remain part-time as a board partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he says he will continue to lead new investments, build the firm’s software team and help entrepreneurs. According to Crunchbase, 21 has just raised $116 million in funding. Investors in that round included Andreessen Horowitz, Peter Thiel, Qualcomm Ventures, Data Collective and Khosla Ventures. In December 2013, Marc Andressen announced on the firm’s site that Srinivasan was joining the firm. To read the post about Srinivasan working full-time at 21, visit here.

 

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VC-backed small biz lender OnDeck debuts IPO

New York City-based small business lender OnDeck has raised $200 million for its IPO after pricing its 10 million shares at $20 per share. The stock began trading Wednesday on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “ONDK.”

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Educational app platform maker Clever scores $30 mln

San Francisco-based Clever, an educational app platform provider, has closed $30 million in funding. The investors were Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, GSV Capital and Peter Thiel. According to the company, the capital infusion will be used for growth and to meet consumer demand.

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Listen to Peter Thiel: video

In a keynote at our recent PartnerConnect conference, Peter Thiel shared his (strong) opinions about Apple, Google, Uber, tech founders, competition, phony technology companies and lots more.

Reddit grabs $50 mln

Social news website Reddit has raised $50 million in funding, a blog post on its site confirmed. Sam Altman led the round with participation from Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz. Other investors in this round included Peter Thiel, Jared Leto and Snoop Dogg. To read the announcement, visit here.

Thiel, partner of Founders Fund, speaks during the panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California
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Foundation leads $70 mln funding of digital ad company AdRoll

AdRoll, which helps brands with online targeting of ads, has raised a $70 million funding round led by Foundation Capital. Previously, the company raised $19 million in funding. The latest round also included new investors Institutional Venture Partners, SAB Capital, Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede, as well as existing investors Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. As part of the round, Eric Liaw of IVP has joined the board.

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