Hightower grabs new funding

New York City-based commercial leasing management platform Hightower has secured an undisclosed amount of funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. The investors included Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Corp; Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital; and Bill Rudin, CEO of Rudin Management Company. Among Hightower’s previous backers are Bessemer Venture Partners, Thrive Capital and RRE Ventures.


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.


Ecommerce platform TicTail rakes in $22 mln

TicTail has secured $22 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Creandum Capital led the round with participation from Thrive Capital, Balderton Capital and Acton Capital Partners. Based in Sweden and New York City, TicTail is an ecommerce platform.



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.


Circle Ventures leads $5 mln round for Honest Buildings

New York City-based Honest Buildings, a commercial real estate marketplace that connects industry professionals, has raised $5 million in funding. Circle Ventures led the round with participation from Thrive Capital, Westly Group and Rockport Capital.


Mapbox raises $52.55 mln from DFJ, DBL, Thrive, Foundry, others

Mapbox said it raised $52.55 million of Series B capital in a deal led by DFJ’s growth team. Other new investors include DBL Partners, Thrive Capital, Pritzker Group, Promus Ventures and Jon Winkelried, an ex-president of Goldman Sachs. Existing investor, Foundry Group, which did the company’s Series A, participated.

Hightower picks up $13 mln

New York City-based Hightower, a commercial real estate leasing management platform, has secured $13 million in Series B funding. RRE Ventures led the round with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Thrive Capital and Pritzker Group Venture Capital.


VC-backed ClassPass buys Fitmob

ClassPass has acquired San Francisco-based Fitmob, a developer of an app that connects users with workouts in their area. No financial terms were disclosed. ClassPass is backed by investors that include General Catalyst and Thrive Capital while Fitmob’s backers included Mayfield Fund and Silicon Valley Bank.


The Flatiron School attracts $9 mln

New York City-based The Flatiron School, which teaches web and mobile software development, has received $9 million in funding. Thrive Capital led the round with participation from CRV and Matrix.


Shopping app Spring inks $25 mln Series B

BoxGroup has led a $25 million Series B funding round for shopping app Spring, confirmed a spokesperson for the latter company. Other investors included Yuri Millner, Groupe Arnault, Google Ventures and Thrive Capital.

VC-backed OpenGov hires Peiris as CMO

Redwood City, California-based OpenGov, a provider of financial transparency solutions for state and local governments, has named Mini Peiris as chief marketing officer. Previously, Peiris worked at NetSuite Inc where she served as vice president of global marketing. OpenGov is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Formation 8 and Thrive Capital.


Joyable grabs $2.1 mln seed

Joyable, a provider of online solutions for overcoming social anxiety, has raised $2.1 million in seed funding. The investors were Thrive Capital and Harrison Metal.


E-commerce site Jet raises $140 mln

Stealth e-commerce startup Jet announced it has raise $140 million in new funding led by Bain Capital Ventures. Also participating in the round are Accel Partners, Coatue Management, General Catalyst Partners, Goldman Sachs, Google Ventures, MentorTech Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Norwest Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, Temasek, Thrive Capital and others.


Instacart snags $220 mln Series C

Instacart, an on-demand grocery service, has raised $220 million in Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, Valiant Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia.

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