VC-backed aTyr Pharma rolls out IPO

San Diego-based biotherapeutics company aTyr Pharma Inc has debuted its IPO after pricing its 5.36 million shares at $14 per share. The stock began trading Thursday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “LIFE.” J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Citigroup Global Markets are serving as the lead underwriters. The company’s backers include Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners, Domain Associates, Polaris Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, Federated Investors Inc, Deerfield, Rock Springs Capital Management, EcoR1 Capital and Sphera Global Healthcare.

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Online workplace Elance-oDesk grabs $30 mln

Mountain View, Calif.-based online workplace Elance-oDesk has received $30 million in funding. Benchmark led the round with participation from other investors that included T. Rowe Price, FirstMark, Sigma West, NEA and the Stripes Group.

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Diplomat Pharmacy unveils IPO

Diplomat Pharmacy has debuted its IPO after pricing its over 13.3 million shares at $13 per share. The stock began trading Friday on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “DPLO.” Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley are the lead underwriters. Based in Flint, Michigan, Diplomat Pharmacy is an independent specialty pharmacy. The company’s backers include Janus Funds and T. Rowe Price.

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Houzz snags $165 mln in Sequoia-led round

Palo Alto, Calif.-based home remodeling and design platform Houzz has secured $165 million in funding. Sequoia led the round with participation from Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DST Global and T. Rowe Price.

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Mobile security company Lookout pulls in $150 million

San Francisco-based mobile security firm Lookout has closed $150 million in funding. T. Rowe Price Associates-managed funds led the round with participation from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, Mithril Capital Management, Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Allen & Company served as financial advisor on this transaction.

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VC-backed Lending Club raises $115 mln, acquires Springstone for $140 mln

Online credit marketplace Lending Club said Thursday that it has bought Springstone Financial for a consideration of $140 million. To help finance this transaction, Lending Club raised $50 million in debt financing and also $65 million in an equity round from funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Wellington Management Company, BlackRock and Sands Capital. Based in Westborough, Mass., Springstone Financial is a provider of affordable financing options for consumers seeking to fund private education and medical procedures. Lending Club’s backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Capital, Foundation Capital, Thomvest Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.

VC-backed Domo appoints TPG principal to board

Enterprise software startup Domo has named Nehal Raj, a principal at TPG, to its board of directors. TPG Growth recently led a $125 million Series C round in Domo. The company’s other backers include Benchmark, Fidelity Investments, Founders Fund, GGV Capital, Greylock Partners, IVP, Salesforce.com, T. Rowe Price, WPP and Zetta Venture Partners.

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Big data company Cloudera goes big with $160 mln round

Cloudera has raised a $160 million late-stage round of financing that was led by T. Rowe Price and included Google Ventures and MSD Capital, the private investment arm of Dell CEO Michael Dell. The large funding is a likely run-up to an IPO. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cloudera said it has now raised $300 million in total funding since it was founded in 2008. Its last funding was a $65 million late-stage round in December 2012, which valued the company at more than $700 million, according to Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB).

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Blockbuster IPO for Coupons.com pays off for Passport Ventures

Shares of digital coupon company Coupons.com Inc (COUP.N) nearly doubled in their trading debut Friday, valuing the company at over $2.2 billion, Reuters reported. The company is majority owned by Passport Ventures, whose sole managing member is John H. Burbank III.

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