Opscode has raised $32 million in Series D funding and has changed their name to Chef. Chef is also the name of the company’s flagship configuration management tool product. Chef has also named Microsoft alum Curt Anderson as their new chief financial officer. Chef will be using the funding to increase their sales, marketing, and engineering team from around 100 people now to 200.
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Tim Draper is scaling back his role at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the VC firm that he founded in 1985. DFJ is known for investments in companies like Skype, Baidu, Tesla Motors, and Box. Draper will not be an investment partner in the firm’s next fund. However, he will be an investor in any new fund that the venture capital firm creates.
Redfin is a Seattle-based online real estate brokerage service that has raised $50 million in a new round of mezzanine capital. This investment was led by Tiger Global Management and T. Rowe Price. Five other existing investors including Greylock Partners and DFJ also participated in this round.
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DataStax is a high-performance database platform company that has raised $45 million in Series D funding. This round of funding was led by Scale Venture Partners. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Next World Capital and previous investors also participated in this round. DataStax will be using the funding to expand globally and continue to invest in their NoSQL open source project called Apache Cassandra. DataStax plans to go public depending on the direction of the markets. DataStax is releasing version 3.1 of their enterprise-grade and community-edition software.
Twilio is a company that has APIs enabling developers to add SMS, VoIP, and voice technology to applications. Twilio has raised $70 million in Series D funding led by Redpoint Ventures and existing investor Bessemer Venture Partners. Draper Fisher Jurvetson also participated in this round. Scott Raney (Redpoint) is joining Twilio’s board of directors.
InsightSquared is a cloud-based sales and marketing analytics company that works closely with SMBs. InsightSquared has raised $8 million in Series B funding for growth acceleration. The funding was provided by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and existing investor Atlas Ventures. InsightSquared has raised a total of $13.5 million.
Salesforce.com has acquired Clipboard, a website that is similar to Pinterest. Clipboard’s founders said that they will be shutting down the website on June 30th. Existing users will be able to download their data into a personal archive that lets you view your clips and boards offline.