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In Second Opinion, nine are charged in an insider trading case tied to hackers, stocks tank after China devalues its currency and Columbia House files for bankruptcy and blames streaming for it.


PersistIQ fetches $1.7 mln seed

Outbound sales platform PersistIQ has secured $1.7 million in seed funding. The investors included Point Nine Capital, Salesforce and Y Combinator.


PE HUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, jobless claims in U.S. plummet to its lowest levels in forty years, Nikkei will buy the Financial Times for $1.3 billion and Airbnb will pick up the tab for travelers staying in Cuba this week–as long as they booked before July 20. Oh well…


Y Combinator to do pro-rata follow-on investing

Y Combinator has made its mark as an ambitious, large-class accelerator with kick-off funding for startups. Now it has vowed to make use of its pro-rata rights to fund companies in follow-on rounds that have post-money valuations of $250 million or less, according to a blog post from President Sam Altman.


Synbio startup Ginkgo Bioworks raises $45 mln

Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks, a synthetic biology company that builds organisms to spec for customers, has raised $45 million in an oversubscribed Series B round. Viking Global led the round and was joined by previous investors OS Fund, Y Combinator and Felicis Ventures. The new funds will be used to expand into new categories, such as pharma, cosmetics and […]


Canvas leads seed funding of on-demand tech services provider Eden

Eden, a San Francisco-based provider of on-demand workers to solve tech solutions in the home, has raised $1.3 million in seed-stage funding led by Canvas Venture Fund. Also participating in the round are Eniac Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Maven Ventures, Y Combinator and individuals Dylan Smith (co-founder and CFO of Box) and James Beshara (co-founder and CEO of Tilt), among others.


Connected car platform Automatic Labs scores $24 mln

San Francisco-based connected car platform Automatic Labs has raised $24 million in Series B funding. The investors included CDK Global, USAA, Comcast Ventures.Y Combinator, RPM Ventures, Anthemis Group and Amicus Capital.

Taplytics snaps up $2.4 mln

San Francisco-based Taplytics, a provider of enterprise mobile A/B testing, has secured $2.4 million in seed funding. The backers included Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Gmail creator Paul Buchheit and Y Combinator.


SimplyInsured nets $1.75 mln seed

Small business health insurance startup SimplyInsured has secured $1.75 million in seed funding. The investors were Starling Capital, and Y Combinator.

VC-backed Interana appoints VP of engineering

Menlo Park, California-based Interana, a provider of self-service analytics for event data, has named Rich Sanzi as vice president of engineering. Previously, Sanzi worked at NetApp, where he served as vice president of engineering. Interana is backed by Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Index Ventures, SV Angel and Y Combinator.

VC-backed Docker buys Kitematic

Docker Inc has acquired Kitematic, an open source software tool provider. No financial terms were disclosed. Docker is backed by AME Cloud Ventures, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, Trinity Ventures and Y Combinator.


Docker acquires VC-backed SDN startup SocketPlane

Docker Inc has bought software-defined networking startup SocketPlane. No financial terms were disclosed. Docker is backed by AME Cloud Ventures, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, Trinity Ventures and Y Combinator.


Hardware tech company Vanhawks snaps up $1.6 mln seed

Toronto-based hardware tech company Vanhawks has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. Real Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Y Combinator, Funders Club and Relentless Pursuits Partners.


Spreadsheet startup Airtable fetches $3 mln

San Francisco-based spreadsheet startup Airtable, which publicly launched on Wednesday, has secured $3 million in funding, said a source at the company. The backers included Caffeinated Capital, Freestyle Capital, Data Collective, Crunchfund, Box Group, Ashton Kutcher, Aaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator and Othman Laraki, former vice president of product at Twitter.

Hakka Labs nabs $500K

New York City-based Hakka Labs, an engineering community for tech companies and professionals, has raised $500,000 in funding. The investors included Y Combinator partner Ali Rowghani, Social Starts and Azure Capital.


Online furniture marketplace Move Loot nets $9 mln

Metamorphic Ventures has led a $9 million funding round for Move Loot, an online furniture marketplace. Other investors included First Round Capital, Index Ventures, Great Oaks, IDG, Sherpa Ventures, Y Combinator and Google Ventures.


DCM leads AnyPerk’s Series A round

AnyPerk announced it has raised $8.5 million in a Series A round that was led by DCM Ventures. Joining the round are Andreessen Horowitz; SV Angel; Y Combinator; Tony Hsieh and Zach Ware of Vegas Tech Fund; Tien Tzuo, CEO of Zuora; and Vayner RSE. As part of the funding, Osuke Honda, general partner of DCM Ventures, has joined the board. San Francisco-based AnyPerk, which helps companies of any size offer perks to its employees, previously raised $4.5 million in seed funding.

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