BVP leads Series B round for investing platform Quantopian

Boston-based algorithmic investing platform Quantopian has raised $15 million in Series B financing. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from return backers Khosla Ventures, Spark Capital and Wicklow Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Rob Stavis, a BVP partner, will join Quantopian’s board of directors.


BloomNation collects $5.55 mln Series A

Los Angeles-based online flower marketplace BloomNation has secured $5.55 million in Series A funding. The investors included Andreessen Horowitz, Ronny Conway, Spark Capital, Chicago Ventures and Mucker Capital.

Actor Jared Leto holds his award for best supporting actor as he arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood

Superpedestrian snaps up $4 mln

Superpedestrian has raised $4 million in funding. The investors included Spark Capital, General Catalyst, actor Jared Leto and former Akamai CEO Paul Sagan. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Superpedestrian is a developer of the Copenhagen Wheel bike.


Hardware manufacturer Kateeva raises $38 mln

Kateeva, a maker of flat panel OLED displays, has raised $38 million in a Series D round of funding from from Samsung Venture Investment Corp, Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Madrone Capital Partners, DBL Investors, New Science Ventures and VEECO Instruments Inc. The Menlo Park, California-based company has now raised more than $110 million since it was founded in 2008.


GetYourGuide books $25 mln Series B

GetYourGuide, an online platform for tours and travel activities, said Thursday that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. The investors were Spark Capital and Highland Capital Partners Europe.


Online mortgage lender Privlo rakes in $353.8 mln

Privlo, an online mortgage lender based in Santa Monica, Calif., has received $353.8 million in funding. This amount includes $3.8 million from Spark Capital and QED Investors as well as up to $350 million in debt financing from an undisclosed New York-based private real estate investment fund.


Cover app snags $5.5 mln

Restaurant payments app Cover has closed $5.5 million in funding, the company said in a blog post on its site. Andrew Parker of Spark Capital led the round. In addition to funding, Parker will be added to Cover’s board. To read the announcement, visit here.


MassPRIM’s push into venture slowed last year: VCJ

The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management’s venture portfolio includes top name funds from Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Index Ventures, but after stepping on the gas early this decade, the board’s pace of commitments shifted to a lower gear last year, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.


Spark Capital closes $375 mln for venture growth fund

According to a company spokesperson, Spark Capital has raised $375 million for its venture growth fund. Of particular interest are marketplaces, e-commerce, online networks and software companies. The average investment will range between $15 million to $30 million. Jeremy Philips is leading the fund.


UTIMCO’s bet on young firms continues to pay off: VCJ

The University of Texas Investment Management Company’s bet on young, emerging venture firms over the past decade or so, including Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Foundry Group, continues to pay off, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

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