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August picks up $38 mln in BVP-led round

San Francisco-based August, a builder of home security products, has received $38 million in Series B funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures.

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.

 

StarMaker attracts $6.5 mln Series B

San Francisco-based digital-first music talent platform StarMaker has secured $6.5 million in Series B funding. Raine Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Crosscut Ventures, Three Bridges Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, iGlobe Partners and GREE International.

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Blippar nets $45 mln

Blippar, an augmented reality and Image-recognition platform, has raised $45 million in funding. The investors in this round were not named; however, the company’s previous backers include Qualcomm Ventures and Landsowne Partners.

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Zoom grabs $30 mln Series C

Cloud video conferencing company Zoom has closed $30 million in Series C funding. Emergence Capital led the round with participation from return backers that included Horizons Ventures, Jerry Yang and Qualcomm Ventures.

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Ravello picks up $28 mln

Ravello Systems Inc, a nested virtualization software firm, has received $28 million in funding. Qualcomm Ventures and SanDisk Ventures led the round with participation from­ Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners.

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Qualcomm Ventures and Novartis to launch joint investment firm

Qualcomm Ventures is planning on launching a joint investment firm with health care firm Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The new company will invest up to $100 million in early-stage firms that offer tech solutions, products or services that “go beyond the pill” to help doctors and patients.

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Welltok scores $37 mln Series D

Denver-based health optimization firm Welltok has closed its Series D funding round at $37 million. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Hearst Health Ventures, Catholic Health Initiatives, Emergence Capital Partners, InterWest Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Qualcomm Ventures.

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Cisco Investments boosts Ineda Systems Series B round to $19 mln

Cisco Investments has provided additional funding to Ineda Systems, which develops low-power technology for use in wearables. The additional funding brings Ineda’s total Series B funding to $19 million. Cisco joins existing investors Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qualcomm Ventures and Imagination Technologies, among others.

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Cavendish Kinetics picks up $7 mln

Cavendish Kinetics has received $7 million in funding. Tallwood Venture Capital and Wellington Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Qualcomm Ventures. In addition to the funding, the firm has added Gilles Delfassy to its board of directors. Cavendish Kinetics is a provider of high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for mobile and wearable devices.

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NEA leads $6 mln Series A funding in Placemeter

New Enterprise Associates has led a $6 million Series A funding round in Placemeter, a platform that translates video feed into structured data that can be analyzed in real time. Other investors in the funding included Qualcomm Ventures, Collaborative Fund and existing investors. Placemeter previously raised $1.7 million in seed funding from NEA, Triplepoint Capital and angel investors.

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GPS startup Swift Navigation bags $2.6 mln seed

Swift Navigation has secured $2.6 million in seed funding. First Round led the round with participation from Fall Line Capital, Felicis Ventures, Kal Vepuri, Lemnos Labs, Qualcomm Ventures and VegasTechFund. Based in San Francisco, Swift Navigation is a provider of GPS technology.

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Camera platform captures $17.8 mln Series B

Camera platform 360fly said Tuesday that it has raised $17.8 million in Series B financing. The investors included Qualcomm Ventures, Catterton, Voxx International and Steve Altman, former president and vice chairman of Qualcomm Inc.

OpenSignal picks up $4 mln Series A

OpenSignal, a provider of information on wireless networks, has closed $4 million in Series A funding, the company announced on a blog post on its site. Qualcomm Ventures led the round with participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Passion Capital. According to the firm, the capital will be used for personnel hiring. To read the announcement, visit here.

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Qualcomm commits $150 mln to Chinese venture

Mobile technology giant Qualcomm Incorporated has announced a commitment to invest up to $150 million in Chinese startup companies across all stages. Qualcomm will invest in Chinese companies that further the development of mobile technologies in areas such as Internet, e-commerce, semi-conductor, education and health.

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