Google Ventures Posts

Kevin Rose decides not to bulldoze house after petition to save the property

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Kevin Rose, the founder of and a partner of Google Ventures, has decided not to bulldoze the five-bedroom house in Oregon after neighbors protested.

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VigLink raises $18 million in Series C funding

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VigLink is a content monetization service that has raised $18 million in Series C funding led by RRE Ventures with participation from Google Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Emergence Capital, and First Round Capital. RRE’s Eric Wiesen will be joining the VigLink Board of Directors.

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YouTube co-founder Steve Chen leaves Avos Systems to join Google Ventures

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Steve Chen and Chad Hurley are splitting into different directions after working together for 15 years. The two of them worked at PayPal first and then built YouTube together. Then they launched Avos Systems. Now Chen is heading to Google Ventures and Chad Hurley is pivoting Avos Systems. Avos is turning from an incubator into a single company to focus on mobile video platform MixBit. Chen will work as an entrepreneur in residence at Google Ventures.
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Tamr receives $16 million in funding

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Tamr is a Cambridge-based “big data” startup that has raised $16 million in funding from Google Ventures and New Enterprise Associates. Tamr was co-founded by Andy Palmer, who previously helped launch operational database startup VoltDB. Palmer also founded Koa Labs, which is a co-working space in Cambridge. 

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Flatiron Health raises $130 million

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Flatiron Health has raised $130 million in funding led by Google Ventures. Flatiron Health aggregates cancer-patient data from a variety of sources to help doctors make treatment decisions. First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, and several angel investors also participated in the Series B round of funding. The funding will be used to acquire electronic medical records company Altos Solutions.

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LendUp raises $50 million in funding

LendUp is a payday loan company that has raised a $50 million credit debt facility from Victory Park Capital. This is in addition to the $18 million in equity funding that LendUp raised from Google Ventures, Data Collective, QED and several others.
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URX raises $12 million in funding

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URX is a startup that offers a solution for app developers and marketers that routes organic, outbound, and paid traffic to their mobile apps. Today URX has announced it has raised $12 million in funding led by Accel Partners with participation from SV Angel, First Round Capital, and Google Ventures. This round of funding gives URX a valuation of $40 million.

Security startup Synack raises $7.5 million in funding

Synack is an online security company that has raised $7.5 million in funding. What Synack does is recruit hackers to help eliminate vulnerabilities on corporate networks. This round of funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation from Google Ventures (new investor) and previous investors Greylock Partners, Allegis Capital, and Shape Security CEO Derek Smith.
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