VC-backed Receivables Exchange appoints Toffey as CEO

New York City-based Receivables Exchange, an electronic marketplace that sells accounts receivable, has hired James W. Toffey as CEO. Previously, Toffey worked at GFI. Receivables Exchange is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Prism VentureWorks and StarVest Partners.

Proteon Therapeutics grabs $45 mln Series D

Proteon Therapeutics said Friday that it has raised $45 million in Series D financing. Abingworth led the round with participation from Deerfield Management Company, Pharmstandard International S.A., TVM Capital, Prism VentureWorks, Skyline Ventures, Intersouth Partners, MPM Capital, Devon Park Bioventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and the Vectis Healthcare and Life Sciences Fund. In addition to the funding, Tim Haines, a partner at Abingworth, and Dmitry Kobyzev, an investment manager at Inbio Ventures, have been added to Proteon Therapeutics’ board of directors. Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., Proteon Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical firm focused on treating kidney and vascular diseases.

Xlumena closes Series C financing

Xlumena has closed a $25 million Series C financing. Led by Third Point, the round of funding includes existing investors Prism VentureWorks, Charter Life Sciences, Ascent Biomedical Ventures and Aperture Venture Partners.

Sonian Raises $13.6M From OpenView, Summerhill, Prism

Sonian said it raised $13.6 million in a Series C funding led by OpenView Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Summerhill Venture Partners and Prism VentureWorks. The company, which is developeing a cloud-based archiving service, has now raised nearly $27 million. PRESS RELEASE Sonian Secures $13.6 Million in Series C Funding to Simplify Cloud […]

Lifecrowd Packs in $5M

Lifecrowd, the social activities discovery site, has tagged on $5 million more to help boost the company’s online marketplace. Chicago-based investment fund Lightbank led the investment and will get a board seat as part of the transaction. Other backers include Bullpen Capital, Baroda Ventures, Prism VentureWorks and MuckerLab. PRESS RELEASE: SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 19, […]

Zeltiq Aesthetics IPO Could Make Advanced Technology Ventures Fat and Happy

(Reuters) – Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc., a venture-backed company that uses a patented cooling technology to eliminate fat bulges, has filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $115 million in an initial public offering. The company has raised $104.3 million in venture capital since 2005 from Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV), Aisling Capital, Frazier Healthcare and […]

Avedro Inks $25M Series C

Waltham, Mass.-based Avedro Inc. has closed on $25 million Series C financing. SCP Vitalife led the round along with Aperture Venture Partners. Existing investors Prism VentureWorks, De Novo Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Borealis Ventures and Echelon Ventures also participated in the round. The company, a developer of systems and procedures for biomechanically strengthening and modifying the cornea, plans to use the funding to expand its commercial operation outside the U.S. As a result of the round, Jeff Dykan of SCP Vitalife will join the Avedro board. Eric Sillman of Aperture Venture Partners joins as an observer.

Boston VC Will Kohler Makes His Move

Will Kohler is leaving Prism VentureWorks after a six-year run, in order to join the Boston office of Summerhill Venture Partners as a partner. He informed his portfolio company CEOs of the move last week, and plans to begin at Summerhill in late February.

While with Prism, Kohler has led or co-led investments in such companies as Sonian, The Receivables Exchange, Conduit Labs, Six Degrees Games, Sparkplay Media and ExpoTV.

“We’re happy for Will, because he gets to become a general partner,” says Prism partner Woody Benson. “But we’re obviously sad to see him go.”

VC Jobhunting: Gordie Nye Lands At Zeltiq

Nye was working out of his home office in Southern California after his East Coast firm, Prism VentureWorks in Needham, suspended efforts to raise its sixth fund and closed its office in Venice.

He supported Prism’s decision as being best for the business and said he could have stayed on — Prism is still deploying the rest of its fifth fund. But, he said, “the prospect of being a satellite in a home office with a partnership that needs to be face-to-face, serving its portfolio, was not a setup that I thought was great for either group.”

Also, “the (venture) industry is at a challenging precipice. My happiest professional days were as an operating person, I was told by my wife.”

Gordie Nye Leaves Prism To Become Zeltiq Aesthetics CEO

Gordie Nye has been named CEO of Zeltiq Aesthetics, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based developer of non-invasive procedures for the reduction of unwanted fat tissue. He had been a general partner with Prism Venture Partners for the past six years, and will remain a director with some of its portfolio companies. peHUB reported last month that Prism had shut down the Southern California office which Nye ran.

Mark Canha Joins Avaya

Mark Canha has quietly joined Avaya as vice president of worldwide strategy. We had reported back in February that Canha was stepping down as an operating partner with Prism VentureWorks, but we didn’t know his next stop. Prior to joining Prism, Canha had served as vice president of broadband services for optical networking company Broadwing. […]

Prism VentureWorks Closes California Office

Prism VentureWorks has closed its West Coast office, several months after the Needham, Mass.-based firm suspended efforts to raise its sixth fund.

Prism originally opened the Venice, Calif.-based satellite to accomodate partner Gordie Nye, who wanted to move west. He will continue to serve as a general partner with Prism, but will be based out of a home office. Venture partner Tony Natale will relocate east, while principal Bong Koh will spend most of his time on

VCs See Over 9x (Paper) Return on LogMeIn

Lost in the shuffle of the July 4th holiday, the LogMeIn IPO produced one of the biggest returns for VCs this year—at least on paper.

Mind you, there have only been six VC-backed IPOs so far. But still…

LogMeIn (Nasdaq: LOGM) priced at $16 on July 1 and shot up to $20.02 by the end of the trading day. That was the second best debut of a VC-backed offering this year, behind only restaurant reservation service OpenTable (Nasdaq: OPEN), which rose over 59% on its first day.

Following the IPO, five venture firms collectively held 10.8 million shares worth over $209 million at yesterday’s closing price $19.32. In addition, three of the VCs sold shares in the IPO for proceeds of more than $21 million.

LogMeIn Sets IPO Terms

LogMeIn Inc., a Woburn, Mass.-based provider of user remote connectivity and support services, has set its proposed IPO terms to 6.67 million common shares at between $14 and $16 per share. The company would have an initial market cap of approximately $342 million, were it to price at the high end of its range. LogMeIn […]

Limelight Acquires Kiptronic

Limelight Networks, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Kiptronic, Inc., a privately-held provider of content delivery and monetization services. San Francisco-based Kiptronic has raised at least $7 million in funding from investors including Blueprint Ventures and Prism VentureWorks. Press release: Limelight Networks, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Kiptronic, Inc., a privately-held provider of dynamic […]

Prism VentureWorks Suspends Fund-Raising

Prism VentureWorks has suspended efforts to raise its sixth fund, peHUB has learned. The Needham, Mass.-based firm sent out placement memoranda last August with a $275 million target, but ran into strong LP liquidity headwinds. It still has enough dry powder to make new investments out of its $250 million fifth fund (2005), plus a reserve pool for […]

Guard ID Raises $11 Million

Guard ID Systems Inc., a San Mateo, Calif.–based provider of online theft and fraud prevention solutions, has raised $11 million in Series B funding. Prism VentureWorks led the round, and was joined by Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX) and return backer Trinity Ventures. PRESS RELEASE   Guard ID Systems, Inc., the developer of the first Internet […]

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