BigPanda scores $16 mln Series B

Mountain View, California-based data science platform BigPanda has secured $16 million in Series B funding. Battery Ventures led the round with participation from return backers Sequoia Capital and Mayfield. In addition to the funding, Scott Tobin, a general partner at Battery Ventures, has been added to BigPanda’s board.


Thumbtack nails $125 mln in funding

San Francisco-based Thumbtack, which provides a marketplace service to help consumers hire local service professionals, announced it has raised $125 million in funding. The round was led by Baillie Gifford and included previous investors Tiger Global, Google Capital and Sequoia Capital. The funding values the company at more than $1.3 billion, according to the New York Times.


Tournament gaming company Skillz scores $15 mln

San Francisco-based  Skillz, a provider of a sports tournament mobile gaming platform, announced it has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by David Bonderman’s Wildcat Capital Management. Other investors include The Kraft Group (owner of the New England Patriots), Marc Lasry (co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks), Sequoia Capital and other existing investors. The company has now raised $28 million in total funding. As part of the latest round, Drew Tarlow from Wildcat has joined the board.


Capillary Technologies scores $45 mln Series C in Warburg Pincus-led round

Singapore-based Capillary Technologies, a provider of software solutions that helps retailers with customer engagement, has raised $45 million in Series C funding. Warburg Pincus led the round with participation from Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. Also, Capillary has acquired MartJack, an Asia-based multi-channel commerce platform. No financial terms were disclosed.


VC-backed Prosper Marketplace taps LinkedIn’s Barrile as chief product officer

San Francisco-based Prosper Marketplace, the parent of Prosper Funding, an online marketplace for consumer credit, has hired Parker Barrile as chief product officer. Previously, Barrile worked at LinkedIn where he served as vice president of product management. Prosper Marketplace’s backers include Institutional Venture Partners, Phenomen Ventures, Sequoia Capital and BlackRock.


Google Ventures leads $100 mln round for Carbon3D

Silicon Valley-based 3D printing company Carbon3D Inc has raised $100 million in funding. Google Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Yuri Milner, Reinet Fund, Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Kraftwerk and Northgate Capital.


Mobile marketing startup Kahuna snags $45 mln

Silicon Valley-based mobile marketing startup Kahuna has secured $45 million in Series B funding. Tenaya Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Sequoia Capital and SoftTech VC.


Aricent acquires SmartPlay for $180 mln

Venture-backed Aricent, a Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of product engineer services, has acquired SmartPlay, a chip design services company based in India, for a reported $180 million. The acquisition bolster’s Aricent’s R&D efforts in software, hardware and network products for the Internet of Things. Aricent has raised funding from KKR and Sequoia Capital.


WizRocket scores $9.6 mln

Marketing engagement platform WizRocket has secured $9.6 million in funding. The investors were Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.


GitHub racks up $250 mln Series B

San Francisco-based GitHub, a social network for programmers, has raised $250 million in Series B funding, confirmed a spokesperson for the company. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital and Institutional Venture Partners.


Behalf grabs $119 mln Series B in MissionOG-led round

New York City-based Behalf, a payments platform aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, has secured $119 million in Series B funding. MissionOG led the round with participation from Victory Park Capital, Maverick Ventures, Spark Capital and Sequoia Capital. In addition to the funding, Gene Lockhart, chair of MissionOG and former Mastercard CEO, has been added to Behalf’s board.


Visa backs VC-backed payments startup Stripe

Visa Inc has made an undisclosed investment in Stripe, a mobile and online payment provider. According to Crunchbase, Stripe’s backers include Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst Partners.

MedGenome nets $20 mln from Sequoia

Genome research services and diagnostics provider MedGenome has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The investor was Sequoia Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Abhay Pandey of Sequoia Capital has been appointed to MedGenome’s board of directors.

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